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Dire Dawa reports over 3 000 cases connected to the Chikungunya outbreak

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About 3 756 cases of Chikungunya have been reported in Dire Dawa city, of eastern Ethiopia, so far.

The Dire Dawa city administration health bureau said it is working to contain the outbreak of Chikungunya, a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes.

While speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, 13 August 2019, Dr Fuad Kedir, head of the bureau, said that no deaths had been reported due to the outbreak. Kedir also noted that it has not yet been confirmed whether all cases are Chikungunya, since the disease has similar symptoms of illness with malaria and dengue virus.

The disease previously affected the Somali, Afar and Southern regional states and it might be spread to Dire Dawa by a mosquito, he noted.

There is no cure for the disease and the most effective protective measure is avoiding mosquito bites.

More than 179 000 insecticide-treated bed nets were distributed to prevent the disease, Dr Fuad told journalists.

Chikungunya causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, fatigue and rash.

– APA

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