Paraguay chikungunya deaths top 200 since October


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According to Paraguay’s Director General of Health Surveillance, Dr. Guillermo Sequeira, 3,845 cases of chikungunya were reported in the past three weeks, mostly from the Central Province (22 percent) and the city of Asuncion (21 percent) with cases continuing. direction down.

Although its prevalence has decreased, 217 people have died of chikungunya since October.

Statistics show that the highest mortality rates are maintained among patients under one year of age and over 80 years old. In addition, 82 percent of those who died of chikungunya had some risk factor or comorbidity.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, chikungunya is caused by the chikungunya virus and is transmitted to humans through mosquito bites. Outbreaks in countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Indian and Pacific oceans.

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Most people infected with the chikungunya virus show some symptoms. Symptoms of chikungunya usually begin 3-7 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. The most common symptoms are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headaches, muscle aches, swollen joints, and skin rashes. Most people get better within a week; However, some can experience severe joint pain for several months.

People at risk for more severe disease include newborns infected around the time of birth, older adults (65 or older), and people with medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease. Death from chikungunya is rare.

There is no specific treatment or approved vaccine for chikungunya.

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