'Chikungunya' downs 83 in Albay town

Posted at 10/02/12 1:00 PM

MANILA, Philippines – At least 83 people have been afflicted with the dengue-like disease "Chikungunya" in the coastal town of Rapu-Rapu, Albay.

A medical team has been sent to a village in Batan island to check on the patients who have been showing symptoms of the disease such as on-and off-fever, rashes, and muscle and body pains.

Albay governor Joey Salceda has ordered provincial health director Dr. Luis Mendoza to check on the patients, noting the surge of suspected Chikungunya cases by the end of September.

The World Health Organization (WHO) described Chikungunya as a viral disease. It can be transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. The name "Chikungunya" refers to the "stooped" appearance of those suffering from joint pains, WHO said.

WHO added that its symptoms appear between 4 to 7 days after the patient has been bitten by the infected mosquito.
Chikungunya can be misdiagnosed as dengue as they share the same symptoms.

Discovered in 1953 in Tanzania, Africa, there is no medication yet against the disease. – with a report from the Philippine Information Agency