Philippines: Chikungunya cases reach 600 in 2022

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Philippine health officials reported 600 cumulative cases of chikungunya in 2022 with two weeks remaining for reporting.

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From the beginning of 2022 through December 17, 600 cases have been reported nationally. This represents an increase of 552 percent compared to the same period in 2021 when 92 cases were reported.

The regions reporting the most cases in 2022 include Calabarzon (155), Central Visayas (127), and Davao (114).

There were no reports of deaths.

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans through the bites of mosquitoes infected with the chikungunya virus.

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The most common symptom is a sudden onset of fever, often accompanied by joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle aches, headaches, nausea, fatigue, and a rash. Severe joint pain usually lasts a few days but can last for months or even years. Serious complications are uncommon, but severe, atypical cases can cause long-term symptoms and even death, especially in the elderly.

There is currently no vaccine or specific drug against the virus.

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