Cambodia reports Chikungunya virus outbreak after dozens fall ill

Cambodia on Thursday confirmed the reemergence of Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) in northwestern Banteay Meanchey province after dozens have fallen ill, said a statement from the Ministry of Health.

Residents in six villages in Poipet commune of Poipet city had become sick from July 19 to 22, with the symptoms of fever (38 degrees Celsius), joint pain and rash, the statement said, adding that the blood specimen and samples of 104 patients had been tested for CHIKV, measles, rubella, and COVID-19.

“Those blood specimen and samples had been sent to the Pasteur Institute of Cambodia for lab tests, and preliminary results available Wednesday night showed that they had CHIKV,” it said.

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