Senegal reports chikungunya virus cases

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Monday that the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs (MOHSA) of Senegal notified the organization of chikungunya virus cases in the region.

As of Sept. 8, 10 cases of the virus have been reported in the country. The chikungunya virus is spread through mosquito bites. Symptoms of the disease include joint and muscle pain, nausea, fatigue, rash and headaches. This condition can often be misdiagnosed as dengue fever. The disease largely affects African, Latin American and Asian countries and in India. The WHO said that a population's proximity to mosquito breeding areas is a risk factor.

MOHSA has begun to implement control actions in response of these cases, including case management, epidemiological surveillance and the mass production of technical documents to health centers and medical care facilities nationwide.

The WHO has not release travel or trade restrictions. It recommends that citizens take protective measures against mosquitoes. It is also recommended that community-based surveillance and mobilization action be taken so that false rumors and misinformation do not spread.

At this time there is no treatment or cure for the virus and care is limited to the alleviation of symptoms. The country had been affected by the virus in 2009.

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