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Published On: Fri, Dec 28th, 2012

Chikungunya fever suspected in cluster reported from Albay province

Aedes albopictus

Asian Tiger mosquito Image/James Gathany

The Albay provincial health office (PHO) in southern Luzon, Philippines is reporting some 19 cases of suspected Chikungunya fever from two villages in the Bicol region province, according to an Inquirer news report Wednesday.

Dr. Luis Mendoza, Albay provincial health officer, said he and a team from the provincial epidemiology office went to Sto. Domingo on Dec. 22 to validate reports that 18 villagers from Barangay San Juan and one villager in San Vicente got sick of Chikungunya virus, Philippine media reports.

Most of the patients reported only flu-like symptoms, rashes and joint pain–all classic symptoms of the mosquito borne virus. Many didn’t even seek out medical care because they figured they only had the flu.

This brings the number of Chikungunya cases in the area to about 100 during the last quarter of 2012.

Chikungunya fever is a viral disease transmitted to humans by the bite of infected mosquitoes, particularly Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus (the “Asian Tiger Mosquito”). Chikungunya virus is a member of the genus Alphavirus, in the family Togaviridae.

Chikungunya fever is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., joint swelling), laboratory testing, and the possibility of exposure to infected mosquitoes. There is no specific treatment or vaccine available for chikungunya fever; care is based on symptoms. Chikungunya infection is not usually fatal.

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