DRC: Kenge health zone notes 27 cases of a disease similar to Chikungunya – Zoom Eco

The head of the provincial health division of Kwango, Dr Aimé Kayolo, suspects the appearance of a viral pathology called Chikungunya in the Kenge health zone.

In a statement made on Friday, November 27, 2020, he says 27 cases have already been recorded and five samples are being sent for analysis to the National Institute for Biomedical Research (INRB).

Dr Aimé Kayolo indicates, on Radio Okapi, that this disease manifests itself by muscle pain predominantly in the lower limbs, thus preventing the patient from walking.

« The sick man has a fever, he has poor appetite, so let’s say he’s really sick. This is the third week since the disease appeared. So the total is 27 cases », He clarified.

According to the explanations of Dr. Aimé Kayolo, for this viral pathology, only signs and symptoms are treated.

« We took five samples, we sent it to the INRB, for which we do not have results yet. In the Kenge health zone, there are two areas that are concerned, the barrier health area and the CBCO health area. “, he added.

For his part, Dr Kayolo believes that environmental sanitation is important to protect against this disease, which is transmitted by the bite of the mosquito called ”aèdes aegypti”.

« Chikungunya is a disease that is due to a mosquito bite, prevention is the sanitation of the environment, so we must avoid crowding, avoid throwing everything anywhere, avoid puddles, this what we need is to clean up the environment, to have the place clean that’s all“, He recommended.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, numerous cases of chikungunya are reported in Kinshasa and in central Kongo by Congolese health authorities.

Transmission of chikungunya occurs through infected mosquitoes and is characterized by flu-like symptoms.

Prevention against mosquito bites is essential.

Reminder on the chikungunya virus

Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne viral disease first described in an outbreak in southern Tanzania in 1952.

The virus responsible is arbovirus (virus transmitted by arthropods), an Alphavirus of the Togaviridae family.

It is transmitted from human to human by the bites of infected female mosquitoes.

The mosquitoes involved are most often Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, likely to bite during the day, although their maximum activity is mainly in the early morning and late afternoon.

Both species sting on the outside, but Aedes aegypti also readily does so on the inside of buildings.

The disease usually manifests between four and eight days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. It is highly disabling and is characterized by the sudden onset of fever often accompanied by intense joint pain mainly affecting the small joint belts (wrists, fingers, ankles, feet), muscle pain and headache. Most patients make a full recovery, but in some cases the arthralgia can persist for months or even years.

Patrick BOMBOKA

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