Health department issues warning against chikungunya

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THE Department of Health (DOH) warned the public to take measures to prevent the spread of chikungunya, a mosquito-borne disease that has broken out in Antique.

Dr. Eric Tayag, head of the National Epidimiology Center, said the public should always clean their surroundings to get rid of mosquito breeding sites. Tayag noted that both dengue and chikunguya are diseases that can be acquired from mosquito bites.

The DOH has confirmed 313 chikungunya cases in Patnongon, Antique, but no deaths were reported, Tayag said in his twitter account.

The outbreak started in April, when mosquito larvae were found in bamboo fences, he said.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) said chikungunya is a viral disease with symptoms that include fever, joint pains, muscle pains, headache, dizziness and rashes.

“There is no known cure for chikungunya but unlike dengue it is rarely fatal,” Tayag said.

WHO said the disease is often mistaken for dengue because they share the same symptoms.  Dengue, however, is more severe since it can lead to internal bleeding, organ failure and death. Chikunguya can lead to joint and muscle pains that could last for years.

Chikungunya cases were observed in Barangays Mabasa, Magsaysay Tamayok and Poblacion in Patnongon town.

FATIMA CIELO B. CANCEL

 

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