10 towns afflicted with chikungunya,dengue virus — DOH PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 14 July 2013 14:03

Residents of 10 towns across the country were reported to suffer not only from mosquito-borne disease chikungunya, but from a disease with similar symptoms — dengue.

According to media reports, the Dept. of Health Friday confirmed the outbreak in the following towns: Kiamba and Maitum in Sarangani; Villareal and Daram in Western Samar; Ma. Aurora in Aurora; Sindangan in Zamboanga del Norte; Sta. Rita in Samar; Concepcion in Romblon; Santiago in Agusan del Norte; and Patnongon in Antique.

So far, the DOH has not yet identified the cause or the number of people affected by the two mosquito-borne diseases to surface in these areas at the same time.

Records show that from Jan. 1 to June 30 this year, the DOH has a total of 2,594 suspected chikungunya cases, but only 157 of them had been confirmed. No deaths were recorded.

Both chikungunya and dengue manifest symptoms such as fever, pain behind the eyes, severe headache, muscle, joint pain, vomiting, nausea, anemia, general weakness/dizziness.

These diseases are differentiated by their duration for symptoms to set in.

Chikungunya takes a week for symptoms to set in while dengue takes only 3 to 4 days.

Aside from this, chikungunya has intense joint pain while in dengue, bleeding is common and shows a relatively low count in white blood cells and platelet count.

At present, the DOH is monitoring the 10 towns where several residents found to have both chikungunya & dengue and is also performing necessary measures to prevent its further spread.