Chikungunya virus prevention measures announced
Minister of Public Health Freddy Hidalgo has announced that the Chikungunya virus is now in the country. The disease is flu-like but less virulent than dengue.
He said that hundreds of fever cases have been reported in Nagua, San Cristobal and San Pedro de Macoris that show all the signs of the disease.
He said that they are doing all the necessary research and testing and hope to be able to confirm whether it is the virus or not today, Wednesday 26 March.
The chikungunya virus is transmitted by the same mosquito as dengue, with similar symptoms, but the fever and the pain are less intense. There is no vaccination. The symptoms are fever, rash, fatigue and vomiting as well as muscular pain, which can last weeks in severe cases.
Measures for preventing chikungunya virus infection include the use of insect repellent, protective clothing, and staying in areas with screens in order to avoid being bitten by the virus-carrying vector.
Source: DR1. Elcaribe
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