Thursday, February 12, 2009

Chikungunya Virus

We have just been alerted that Chikungunya Virus outbreak in Malaysia, spread by mosquitoes, is quite serious. More than 2,000 people are infected down south.
Consult a health-care provider or visit the nearest hospital for chikungunya fever if you showed symptoms such as fever, severe joint pains and rashes.
Four states have been hit, i.e. Johor, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan and Perak. The worst hit is Tangkak, Johor. Almost all elderly people (age 45 years and above) are infected with this virus. Many people who are infected seek treatment from Tangkak Hospital every day. There were times beds were full, and the hospital could not warded them. Therefore they were discharge after a half day treatment in the ward.
► Below is the chronological of this outbreak.
1. The disease is spread by the foreigner workers in the plantations.
2. Then the 'bugs' are passed down to the local planters, of which, their families are infected eventually.
3. Now people in this town (Tangkak) are infected as well as others in nearby towns and states.
► Symptoms of Chikungunya:
1. High fever
2. Rashes
3. Chronic joints pain (which will last for 3 months)
► Recommendations:
1. Increase adhoc facilities and manpower in district hospital and clinics.
2. Bring down the population of the vector (mosquitoes)
3. Quarantine the sick people who are infected with this virus.
4. Educate the public how to prevent and contain the disease.
Dr. Teo Kim Lai (among the many courageous Pahlawan Volunteer veterinarians involved in the investigation of the Nipah Virus Outbreak, 1999 archived at recommends that the sick should be quarantined as the virus is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected mosquitoes. CHIK fever epidemics are sustained by human-mosquito-human transmission.
Further information can be obtained from the Health Ministry's website at or call (603)-88810600/ 0700 during office hours.
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Marco's comment:
Chikungunya and Dengue virus are both spreaded by Aedes mosquito. Hence, eliminating the Aedes mosquito will helps to stay away from these 2 life threatening viruses.

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