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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.

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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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