Over 4,000 Chikungunya cases reported in Congo

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Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne viral disease that is transmitted from human to human by the bites of infected female mosquitoes. Most commonly, the mosquitoes involved are Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, two species which can also transmit other mosquito-borne viruses, including dengue.

Over 4,000 peoples have been affected by the Chikungunya epidemic in the southern part of Republic of Congo.  Health officials in the country had already aware the population to take appropriate preventive measures.

Chikungunya were first detected in country in January at the coastal city of Pointe-Noire by the National Institute of Biomedical Research, Kinshasa. After that the government have been monitoring the evolution of the disease.


Chikungunya symptoms

Chikungunya is a viral disease is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes including Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. Symptoms appear between 4 and 7 days after the patient has been bitten by the infected mosquito. Symptoms include high fever, joint pain, joint swelling, rash, headache, muscle pain, nausea and fatigue. Chikungunya is rarely fatal. Chikungunya has been identified in nearly 40 countries.

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