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By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

The number of infections with the mosquito-borne viral infection, chikungunya, in Thailand has eclipsed the 9,000 case mark this week, according to the Thailand Bureau of Epidemiology.

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Health officials report 9,085 cases in 56 of the 76 provinces in the country through Nov. 5. No deaths have been reported.

This compares with 3,580 cases reported from 18 provinces in all of 2018 and only 10 cases in all of 2017.

Provinces reporting the most cases include Pattani, Ranong, Tak, Phuket and Songkhla.

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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