Chikungunya fever afflicts 83 people in Rapu-rapu Albay, Philippines

October 3, 2012

A mosquito-borne disease called chikunguya fever has infected eighty-three cases people in Rapu-rapu Albay, Philippines. Albay Governor Joey Salceda on Monday said the cases were reported in an island barangay of San Ramon in Batan, Rapu-Rapu municipality. Chikungunya fever is a mosquito-borne disease similar to dengue without the bleeding. Symptoms include on and off fever, rashes, and muscle and body pains. A medical team headed by Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Dr. Luis Mendoza were sent to the barangay where cases were first reported three weeks ago. The PHO epidemiology surveillance team are expected to gather laboratory samples to be sent to the Department of Health (DOH) office in Bicol. The governor directed the provincial health office to closely coordinate with their counterparts at the municipal health office due to the absence of a full-time municipal doctor in Rapu-Rapu. Municipal health employees reported cases of the mosquito-borne disease surged to 83 by the end of last month.

Source: Ubalert

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