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5 people test positive for Chikungunya

October 14, 2015 1:25 am

There are five confirmed cases of Chikungunya in Fiji since April this year.

National Advisor Non Communicable Diseases, Dr Mike Kama says they’re awaiting results on other suspected cases.

“That is where we are sitting at the moment with Chikungunya, but what the Ministry has basically done, is to train it’s health care workers in the different health facilities and also set upa surveillance system in order for us to be keeping track of the Chikungunya situation, so at the moment this is the official data from the Ministry.”

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Dr Kama says seven possible cases of Chikungunya, have been sent to the Institute of Louis Malardé(Maladae) in French Polynesia, and results are expected next week.

Chikungunya is spread by the same type of mosquitoes which transmit the dengue fever virus.

Symptoms of Chikungunya include fever and joint pain as well as headaches, muscle pain, joint swelling or rashes.

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