Health authorities in
Dr. Rogelio Aturdido,
The South Cotabato Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) reported the detection of 2 chikungunya cases in Barangay Kipalbig in Tampakan 2 weeks ago based on the results of confirmatory tests conducted by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in
Aturdido said the 2 chikungunya cases, which were detected for the 1st time in the province, were found in 2 of the 4 blood samples that they sent to the RITM. He said the samples were taken from residents of Barangay Kipalbig who had exhibited some symptoms of the disease.
Chikungunya is a viral disease that is spread by mosquitoes that cause severe fever and joint pains. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache and nausea. Victims could suffer from polyarthralgia or multiple joint pains for 5-6 months and as long as 2 years, depending on their age.
"The [epidemiological] manifestation is the same with dengue disease because the vector is the same mosquito that causes dengue," said Aturdido, referring to the virus-carrying _Aedes_ mosquito.
Local sanitation workers have been conducting site inspections as well as information and education campaigns among local residents regarding chikungunya, especially on how to contain or control the spread of the disease.
Dr. Washington Loreno, Tampakan health officer, said they are working closely with the barangay councils of the affected villages to manage the disease incidence in the area. He said they have been conducting regular cleanup activities in various communities in Tampakan to control the further spread of the chikungunya-carrying mosquitoes.
Communicated by: ProMED-mail
This outbreak has grown considerably, with the number of cases increasing from 2 cases that occurred on 26 Jun 2013 to 180 suspected cases today [2 Jul 2013]. There is no commercially available vaccine to prevent chikungunya virus infections, so the only effective measure to prevent transmission of the virus is through control of mosquito vectors. One hopes that the cleanup activities are successful in doing so.
Phone: +27 (011) 025 3297
Fax: +27 087 9411350 / 1
Postal address: SASTM, PO Box 8216, Greenstone, 1616, South Africa
Physical address: SASTM, 27 Linksfield Road Block 2 a Dunvegan Edenvale
Registered as a Nonprofit Organisation 063-296-NPO
The content and opinions are neither pre-screened nor endorsed by the SASTM. The content should neither be interpreted nor quoted as inherently accurate or authoritative.
The information provided in SASTM Newsflashes is collected from various news sources, health agencies and government agencies. Although the information is believed to be accurate, any express or implied warranty as to its suitability for any purpose is categorically disclaimed. In particular, this information should not be construed to serve as medical advice for any individual. The health information provided is general in nature, and may not be appropriate for all persons. Medical advice may vary because of individual differences in such factors as health risks, current medical conditions and treatment, allergies, pregnancy and breast feeding, etc. In addition, global health risks are constantly evolving and changing. International travelers should consult a qualified physician for medical advice prior to departure.