Amosquito-borne disease that leaves victims with joint pains that last for years is now here. The disease is incurable—but not lethal.
Thus, the Department of Health (DOH) warned the public to take measures to prevent the spread of chikungunya virus after such plagued Antique province.
Dr. Eric Tayag, head of the National Epidimiology Center, said that the public should always clean their surroundings to abolish the mosquito breeding sites. Tayag noted that both dengue and chikunguya are diseases that can be acquired from mosquito bites.
“#DOH confirms #chikungun-ya outbreak in Patnongon, Antique w/ 313 cases No deaths Started in April Mosquito larvae found in bamboo fences,” Tayag said in his twitter account @erictayagSays.
According to World Health Organization (WHO), chiku-ngunya is a viral disease that can be spread through mosquito bites. WHO said that some of the symptoms of the disease include fever, joint pains, muscle pains, headache, dizziness and rashes.
“There is no known cure for chikungunya but unlike dengue it is rarely fatal. Joint pains may last for years,” Tayag said.
WHO added that the disease is often misconstrued as dengue because they share the same symptoms. However, dengue is more severe since it can lead to internal bleeding organ failure and death while chikunguya can lead to joint and muscle pains that could last for years.
The Health department made the call after an outbreak of chikungunya was observed in three barangays—Mabasa, Magsaysay Tamayok and Poblacion—in Patnongon town in Antique province recently.