Chikungunya disease outbreak has been declared in Indang, Cavite, after the majority of the over 470 cases of chikungunya recorded since January occurred in the said town.
Department of Health’s Eric Tayag said that chikungunya disease is caused by a mosquito type that is also responsible for dengue and zika viruses. He added that the campaign they have been doing against zika is the same campaign for chikangunya and dengue.
“The outbreak was declared by health officials in Indang, following a consultation with the Cavite provincial health office,” Tayag said during his interview with Rappler. He added that it was the provincial health office that actually recommended the declaration.
However, despite the high number of occurrence of chikungunya disease, the DOH spokesperson assured the public that chikungunya is not deadly. The public should be more afraid of dengue.
World Health Organization (WHO) claimed that “chikungunya is characterized by an abrupt onset of fever frequently accompanied by joint pain.” The said pain can last from days or weeks to months or years. Other symptoms to watch out for include headache, nausea, rashes, fatigue, and muscle pain.
As of present, no specific treatment has been found for chikungunya. However, there are medications available aimed at relieving symptoms.
Since 2013, chikungunya outbreaks have occurred in Bataan, Antique, and Iloilo, but no deaths have been reported.
Meanwhile, the entire Calabarzon region has over 1,000 suspected cases, but only 23 of these cases have been confirmed last September 3.
On the brighter side, no deaths have been reported because of the disease. Tayag added that most victims are aged 15 and above.
As of now, the DOH is in the process of testing blood samples for Chikungunya, dengue and Zika. DOH also reminded the public of their 4S campaign against these mosquito-borne diseases:
- Search and destroy breeding grounds of mosquitoes
- Use self-protection measures like applying insect repellants
- Seek early consultation for fever lasting for more than two days
- Say no to indiscriminate fogging, especially without doing the 1st “S” (but say yes to fogging by local governments when there is an impending outbreak)