By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported today on an outbreak of chikungunya in Kenya.From the end of 2019 through the end of Jan. 2020, 109 total cases have been reported, with 11 cases confirmed.

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The outbreak has affected Hagadera Sub County in Garissa County in eastern Kenya.

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. It causes fever and severe joint pain, which is often debilitating. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue, and rash.

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The disease shares some clinical signs with dengue and Zika, and can be misdiagnosed in areas where they are common. As there is no cure, treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms.

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