Thailand health officials reported a doubling in chikungunya infections in 2022 compared the the year prior, according to data from the Thailand Bureau of Epidemiology.
Officials reported 1,370 total cases in 48 provinces in 2022. This compared to the 671 cases in 39 provinces seen in 2021, or a 104 percent increase.
No deaths were reported in either year.
Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans through the bites of mosquitoes infected with the chikungunya virus.
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The most common symptom is an abrupt onset of fever, often accompanied by joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue, and rash. Severe joint pain usually lasts a few days but can persist for months or even years. Serious complications are uncommon, but atypical severe cases can cause long-term symptoms and even death, especially in older people.
There is currently no vaccine or specific drug against the virus.
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