Health authorities in Samar may yet face another round of chikungunya fever virus infection in Samar, as some 500 Villarreal folks have been affected, which rendered the victims unproductive for a week.
Dr. Antonio Tirazona, Department of Health (DOH) Representative in Samar, reported this situation during the first Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Council (PDRRC) on 28 January 2013. He declared that they have received reports that chikungunya virus infection has threatened the municipalities of Daram, an island town, Jiabong, Gandara, and the city of Catbalogan.
Chikungunya fever is a viral disease transmitted to humans by the bite of infected mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti). Symptoms appear in people on average three to seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. The virus causes high fever and severe joint pain. It can also cause headache, muscle pain, and rashes. “This is not fatal, but it can make people lose work for a number of days and depletes the resources of the community affected,” he explained. “In Villarreal, the Local Government Unit (LGU) ran out of medicines that they asked for from the provincial government. The Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) is now examining the blood samples taken from the patients in Daram,” he said.
DOH-Samar warned the public about chikungunya virus infection. The doctor said that infected persons should be protected from further mosquito exposure during the first few days of illness so they cannot contribute to the transmission cycle. The usual practices of hygiene and cleanliness are recommended to fight chikungunya fever, which originated from Africa. “I am here to seek your help to disseminate the information in your communities so that, together, we can prepare to avoid this disaster,” the doctor said.
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