The Marshall Islands Ministry of Health has issued alerts on preventing Chikungunya in the country.
The alert was issued after one confirmed case and 24 suspected cases of Chikungunya were found, last week.
According to the World Health Organisation, Chikungunya is a viral disease caused by infected mosquitoes that come in contact with humans. Its symptoms include joint pain, muscle pain, fatigue, rash, headache and nausea. The disease has no cure, but relieving the symptoms is the main focus.
By the end of last week, the number of reported cases reached over 50 and more than 10 were confirmed as Chikungunya. In the capital city of Majuro, victims reported experiencing swollen hands and fingers. This is the first confirmed outbreak of Chikungunya in the Marshall Islands.
Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be working with the U.S Embassy in Majuro to see to the issue in the country.
Health officials have warned that it is everyone’s responsibility to take precautions and prevent the disease from spreading.
Keeping an environment clear of mosquito breeding habitats, using insecticides, insect repellents or wearing clothing that doesn’t expose too much skin are just a few ways to prevent the spread of the disease.