A chikungunya outbreak has been reported nationwide in the Republic of the Congo and is ongoing as of mid-April. According to health officials, at least 4000 cases have been reported from January to mid-April 2019, mostly in the country's southern regions. Further spread of the disease is to be anticipated in the coming days and weeks.
Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne disease. Symptoms include high fever, joint and muscle pain, rash, headache, nausea, and fatigue. The virus is rarely fatal but lingering joint pain can last for several weeks, even months, after the initial recovery. No treatment or vaccine for the virus is currently available.
Individuals in Congo are advised to take measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites (e.g. wearing covering clothing, using insect repellent, sleeping in a screened-in or air-conditioned room) and to eliminate possible mosquito breeding grounds (small pockets of fresh water, such as rainwater that has collected in cans, bottles, tires, flower pots, clogged gutters, etc.).
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