Chikungunya hits Jambi Residents

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Sumber : Jakarta Post
Wednesday, July 25, 2007

JAMBI, Jambi: Twenty-four Mendalolaut villagers tested positive for chikungunya disease at the Muarojambi Health Office in Jami on Tuesday.

Out of the 24 villagers, 15 are already paralyzed by the disease.

This is the second outbreak of the disease in the area in the past six months, after dozens of housing complex residents reported became ill.

“All residents have been examined,” the health office head Aspan Effendi said.

He said the chikungunya outbreak had started in Mendalolaut village in June, where two villagers sought treatment for the disease.

Chikungunya, like dengue fever, is contracted through a mosquito bite and is characterized by an extremely high fever, but differs in its symptoms of severe joint pain (arthralgia) that last up to a week.

Chikungunya is caused by a self-limiting febrile virus that is transmitted through the bite of either the Yaedes africanus or the Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, which can alseo carry the dengue fever virus – JP

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