Thailand reports 100% increase in chikungunya in 2022

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Health officials in Thailand reported more than double the number of chikungunya infections in 2022 compared to the previous year, according to data from the Thailand Bureau of Epidemiology.

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Officials reported 1,370 total cases in 48 provinces in 2022. This compares to 671 cases in 39 provinces in 2021, or an increase of 104 percent.

No deaths were reported in either year.

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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