Ethiopia battling with Chikungunya epidemic as it strikes 15,000

The number of cases has risen to 15,192 in the eastern city of Dire Dawa, according to French-China report. The Ethiopian Institute of Public Health (PHI) has so far reported 15,192 reports of Chikungunya patients, said Mesfin Wossen, interim director of the IHP, quoted by state-owned Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation.

There is no fatalities have been reported, EBC said.

Chikungunya Virus (CHIKV) is an arbovirus of the alphavirus genus (Togaviridae family) transmitted by the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes. The word, Chikungunya, translates to “that which bends up”, based on the stooped position of patients during the rheumatic symptoms of the disease.

In humans bitten by an infected mosquito, the disease symptoms usually appear after an incubation period of three to seven days.

 

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