Chikungunya Outbreak Hits Dire Dawa  

ADDIS ABABA – The Dire Dawa city administration health bureau said on Tuesday it is working to contain the outbreak of Chikungunya in Ethiopia’s eastern city, a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes.

About 3, 756 cases have so far been reported, Dr. Fuad Kedir, head of the bureau, told reporters.

However, it has not yet been confirmed whether all cases are Chikungunya since the disease has similar symptoms of illness with malaria and dengue virus, he indicated.

Fuad also said no death has been reported due to the outbreak. 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 said.

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