By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Health officials in South Cotabato in the southern Philippines report monitoring a  resurgence of suspected chikungunya cases in the past several weeks in Tampakan town.

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The municipal government of Tampakan has so far reported at least 40 suspected chikungunya cases in Puroks 3, 4 and 7 of Maltana.

Jose Baroquillo, mosquito-borne diseases coordinator of the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO), said most of the cases were recorded in communities near banana plantations, where suspected breeding places of the chikungunya-carrying mosquitoes were previously found.

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“The MHO already conducted misting and fogging operations in the affected areas to contain the disease and prevent it from spreading to other areas,” he said.

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.