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Thirty-one confirmed cases of chikungunya in Dominica
Published on February 17, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

ROSEAU, Dominica -- The ministry of health in Dominica on Friday confirmed 31 cases of the chikungunya virus in the island.

Chikungunya, which is an infection, causes an illness with a similar mode of transmission as dengue fever. Chikungunya is a viral disease, carried mainly by the Aedes aegypti mosquito and causes a dengue-like sickness.

Symptoms of the disease includes a sudden high fever, severe pain in the wrists, ankles or knuckles, muscle pain, headache, nausea, and rash. Joint pain and stiffness are more common symptoms associated with the Chikungunya disease which are not associated with dengue.

Chief medical officer Dr David Johnson in a conference on Friday confirmed the 31 cases.

The main areas where the disease is located are WoodFord Hill and Bath Estate officials have indicated.

Republished with permission of CBN4News

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