Department of Disease Control Issues Chikungunya Virus Warning

Chikungunya Virus Warning

Owing to the frequent rain, the Department of Disease Control has warned the public to beware of the Chikungunya virus, which is usually widespread during the rainy season.

So far, in 2020, there have been 5,725 patients from 65 provinces.

The greatest spread happens in the central region, followed by the North and the Northeast region. The provinces that have the most patients with the disease are Chanthaburi, followed by Uthai Thani and Lamphun.

Chikungunya is a viral disease that is spread to humans by mosquitoes. It was first described in 1952 in Tanzania, East Africa.

Symptoms usually begin 3–7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. The most common symptoms are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash.

Chikungunya disease does not often result in death, but the symptoms can be severe and disabling.

The department has advised the public to keep areas around their houses clean and eliminate puddles, which are the mosquitoes’ breeding ground.