Ilonggos warned as chikungunya looms in Iloilo


ILOILO – Aside from dengue, the Provincial Health Office warned Ilonggos of another mosquito-borne disease monitored in five towns in central and northern Iloilo this month. 

As of Thursday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Patricia Grace Trabado disclosed that there are already 15 suspected chikungunya cases in the province.     

Of the total suspected cases, eight are from Calinog, three from Concepcion, two from Zarraga, one from Bingawan and another from Passi City.

Trabado said the serum of these patients have been forwarded to the laboratory of Department of Health in Metro Manila for examination and confirmation.

While they are waiting for the results, Trabado said the patients are presently confined in Dr. Ricardo S. Provido Memorial District Hospital in Calinog and the rest are in their respective rural health units.

Trabado said there is no specific drug that can cure chikungunya. But unlike dengue, it is less fatal. 

“Treatment is directed primarily at relieving the symptoms, including the joint pain. There is no commercial chikungunya vaccine,” she said.

Chikungunya was first detected in 1952 in southern Tanzania, according to World Health Organization.

It is characterized by an abrupt onset of fever frequently accompanied by joint pain.

Other common signs and symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash similar to dengue.

It is transmitted from human to human by the bites of infected female mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti andAedes albopictus).

After the bite of an infected mosquito, onset of illness occurs usually between four and eight days but can range from two to 12 days.

To prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, Trabado urged the public regularly maintain the cleanliness of their surroundings and to actively participate in other clean-up drives. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News) 

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