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Chikungunya symptoms similar to other viruses - Health Ministry

Published:Monday | September 8, 2014 | 11:04 AM

Late last night, the Health Ministry issued a release saying the symptoms of Chikungunya are similar to other diseases like influeza and dengue which are also now circulating.

The symptoms of chikungunya include high fever, joint pain mainly in the hands, wrists and ankles, headache, muscle pain and a rash.

The health ministry says although chikungunya does not often result in death, joint pains and stiffness can last for months and even years with infants and the elderly at greater risk for more severe symptoms.

The Director of Emergency Services in the Health Ministry, Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse says dengue for example has symptoms which may be mistaken for chikungunya as it is also characterised by headache, fever, joint and muscle pains.

Up to August 23, 2014 there were 160 suspected cases of dengue fever with 13 confirmed by laboratory tests.

DuCasse said the Health Ministry has recorded 85 suspected cases of Chikungunya but has only received 24 confirmations in the parishes of St Thomas, St Catherine, St Ann, Kingston and St Andrew.

She says 15 samples are awaiting testing.

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