The Ministry of Health today confirmed an illness outbreak in Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet city was caused by chikungunya disease.
Since early this week, more than 100 people in Poipet commune have fallen ill with symptoms, including abnormal fever, sore throat, skin rashes, joint pains and in some cases, convulsions.
The ministry said in its statement that the provincial rapid response team (RRT) cooperated with local authorities to examine 164 people from six villages, with 32 people being hospitalised.
It said the working group has conducted blood tests on 22 people for “CHIK”, and 60 others for measles and rubella. The specimens from 22 people were also tested for the possibility of COVID-19, it said.
“All specimens were sent to the Pasteur Institute and the preliminary result released on the night of July 22 showed that it was chikungunya,” it said.