District Government of Garut Announce Chikungunya Outbreak
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Garut – A total of 28 people from Balong subvillage RT 01 RW 10 and Nangka Bongkok subvillage RT 02 RW 08 in Gandamekar village, Kadungora subdistrict, Garut district are suspected to suffer from Chikungunya since Sunday (13/3). The local Health Service Office has announced an outbreak, because many were affected in a short span of time.
“The indications lead us to announce an outbreak, so we can take immediate action to reduce further spread,” said Head of the Communicable Disease Eradication Division of the Health Service Office of Garut district, Dede Rohmansyah on Monday (14/3).
Chikungunya is caused by an alphavirus and is transmitted through Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitos. The disease could affect people of all age, from children to adults. The Aedes aegypti mosquito is also the mosquito responsible for dengue fever transmission. Despite its low mortality, the virus greatly affects the performance of infected people.
Dede said there are 16 patients in Balong subvillage and 12 patients in Nangka Bongkok subvillage. Symptoms observed were fever, red spots, joint pain, and difficulty walking.
Head of the Information Section of Garut district, Dikdik Hendrajaya, said they are currently coordinating with relation institutions to conduct insecticidal fogging to kill Aedes mosquitoes. They are also telling citizens to remove standing water found in their environment.
The 3M method, which is remove, cover, and bury is the most effective prevention. “High rainfall will result in standing water, which is the breeding grounds of Aedes mosquitos,” said Dikdik. (CHE)
Source : Kompas