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No Cure for the New Mosquito-Borne Disease, Chikungunya

by Medindia Content Team on February 3, 2006 at 12:39 PM
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No Cure for the New Mosquito-Borne Disease, Chikungunya

This new crippling mosquito-borne disease, chikungunya has affected about 50 000 people on France's Indian Ocean island of Reunion.

This disease has no cure. Though not fatal this extremely painful disease results in a stooped posture.

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The prevalence of the disease has been recorded as 45 000 new cases since mid-December.

Philippe Renault, a specialist with a regional epidemiologal cell is keeping track of the prevalence of this disease.

Chikungunya is Swahili means that which bends up and refers to the stooped posture of the patients.
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It is characterized by high fever and severe rashes, and severely reduces one's immunity level that other opportunistic infections attack the patient.

France fears that this disease would spread to Madagascar, a French overseas department with a population of 760 000 and hence has posted 400 extra troops to help fight the mosquitoes that have been spreading the disease.

It has also $720 000 to fight the outbreak.

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