Chikungunya downs 78 in Albay town

Posted at 10/16/12 6:09 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Health officials are monitoring the rise in chikungunya cases, a dengue-like sickness, in Batan Island, Rapu-rapu, Albay.

Authorities said at least 78 cases of the disease have been reported in the area since July, particularly from Barangay San Ramon.

Health officials from Albay’s provincial health office conducted fogging and space spraying at the barangay on Monday to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes, believed to be the source of the disease.

They will also conduct tests based on samples that were collected from waterways.

One of the reasons for the upsurge in chikunguya cases is stagnant water from canals, which become breeding ground of mosquitoes.

Several waterways were also sprayed with insecticides.

Symptoms of chikungunya include fever, severe joint pain, fatigue, nausea, headache and rashes. -- Report from Thea Omelan, ABS-CBN News Bicol