Chikungunya Spreads to 21 Provinces, Almost 6,000 Suspected Infected

Five tons of larvicide has been shipped to one province alone as authorities battle the spread of the chikungunya virus, a rapidly spreading, mosquito-borne disease that is suspected to have infected almost 6,000 people across 21 provinces in three months.

Some 96 percent of cases of the dengue-like virus have already recovered, and for now the situation is “manageable,” authorities said.

But “if we don’t prevent it on time, it will quickly spread,” said Leang Rithea, the dengue control program manager at the National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control.

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