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Mosquito-borne virus spreads in Pattaya

Caitlin Ashworth

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Light the coils and get out the bug repellant. Pattaya reports an increase in chikungunya fever infections, a mosquito-borne virus. The city’s mayor Sonthaya Khunpluem is ordering public health and environment staff to control the spread.

“The virus comes from bites from infected mosquitoes. Patients will have high fever, discomfort and joint pain for, on average, about four days. In some cases patients will need hospitalisation.”

The city hired pest control companies to fumigate suburbs and other areas at risk. Officials are also trying to reduce standing water at places like closed hotels and businesses that have fountains filled with water.

“Locals have been educated about chikungunya fever and how to protect themselves such as limiting small sources of water around homes where mosquitoes can breed.”

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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    Akeman

    Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    Digital freelancer and employment contract!?
    What is wrong here? 🙂

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    barry

    Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    Wife and I caught chikungunya in Bali (Sanur), fever for 2 days, body rash, then swelling and joint pain + swelling that lasted 3 months, focused on ankles, wrists, fingers…
    Very tough in the morning (couldn’t close my hand), slightly better in the evening, repeat daily…

    My father caught it in Phuket/Khao Lak, where he’d come to visit us, a year or so later. Same thing, joint pain lasted roughly 3 months (he ended up a medical curiosity in a European hospital on his return)

    It’s not as bad as the strains in the Carribean or Africa etc, but definitely not fun. Instant arthritis.

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      peter pape

      Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 7:10 pm

      Thanks for your info. I live in Cambodia and chikungunya has appeared here aswell, mostly contracted by locals. I have the same symptoms you describe like not being able to close my hand in the morning, having a body rash and joint pains. All of this since about 6 weeks. Not funny to have.

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        barry

        Monday, December 21, 2020 at 2:28 pm

        Sorry to hear that Peter – the good thing is that it does heal, it just takes time (my father was 74 when he caught it).

        When we were hit I started looking into what could be done to relieve the symptoms and there’s really not much, unfortunately.

        One thing you could try in Cambodia is making tea with papaya leaves.
        Just pick a few from a tree, rinse then boil them and drink – it’s disgustingly bitter but did seem to offer minor improvements.

        It’s used in India for dengue/chikungunya/malaria (supposedly helps red blood cells and platelets increase, and boost the immune system, look it up) – could have been placebo but did seem to help a little

        good luck and speedy recovey

        b

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    Yes I knew two men in Pattaya who had something similar. One could not close his hand for five days.

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    Mister Stretch

    Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    I caught it in Hat Yai a few years ago.

    Just like for dengue…patrol your area and make sure there isn’t any standing water for breeding.

    It’s not fun to have.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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