175 reported chikungunya cases in 7 months-A A +A
Monday, September 2, 2013
THE Department of Health (DOH) reported a total of 175 cases of chikungunya in Western Visayas for the period January to July and it continues to rise as the disease continues to spread through its carrier, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.
Dr. Marie Jocelyn Te of DOH said the disease is largely similar to the dreaded dengue fever caused by virus carried by the mosquitoes but is considered as a non-fatal disease.
The prominent difference from dengue is that chikungunya carries constant arthralgia or joint pain while the excruciating and persistent pain is rare in dengue victims.
The chikungunya victims have fever and rashes for one to four days while dengue victims have fever and rashes for five to seven days. Arthritis is constant in chikungunya while absent in dengue cases.
The DOH medical officer said chikungunya cases recorded in the region are 93 in Negros Occidental, 57 in Antique, 13 in Iloilo, and 12 in Guimaras. DOH has not yet completed its findings in the provinces of Aklan and Capiz.
Te said the public must be aware of chikungunya and its implication to health, although not a notifiable disease and usually causes mild to moderate non-fatal illness, there are reports of rare atypical lethal cases and chronic symptoms of disability.
DOH warned that the disease is transmitted by the same as dengue, and cautions that the control of the mosquitoes may lead to control of the two diseases.