BANGKOK – The Department of Disease Control, has issued a warning on the need to take precautions against chikungunya fever. People suffering from a high fever and joint pains should seek medical assistance immediately.
Dr. Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, reports more than 10 people in central Thailand had contracted chikungunya fever since July. He said their cases were not severe and they had steadily improved in each case.
Officials were able to prevent the mosquito spread virus from developing to other areas. he said people should should continually eliminate potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Between January 1 and September 16 this year, there were 7,481 patients with chikungunya fever, no fatalities were reported. The majority of the cases were those aged 25 to 34 years old, followed by 35 to 44 and 15 to 24.
The five provinces with the highest number of chikungunya patients were Pattani, Ranong, Tak, Phuket and Songkhla.
Preventive measures against chikungunya, dengue, and Zika viruses include clearing garbage around households; covering all water and food containers; and removing waste water where mosquitoes can breed, around the home.
Chikungunya is an infection caused by the chikungunya virus. It can spread to people of any age by the bite of an infected mosquito. Symptoms include high fever and rashes and may include joint pain, particularly among adults.
The pain can last for one to two weeks.