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Professor of UNB alert to the incidence of new disease
Virus is less lethal than that of dengue, but it can also generate high fever
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The doctor Pedro Luiz Tauil says new disease is not as lethal
A new disease coming from Southeast Asia has just been identified in Brazil: chikungunya, which can be transmitted by the same mosquito of dengue, Aedes aegypti mosquito, causes high fever and severe pain in joints, which can last up to six months, but not is as fatal as dengue. The information was given by Professor Pedro Luiz Tauil of Tropical Medicine Center at the University of Brasilia, asserting that tests confirmed the presence of virus in three patients. The first case confirmed on August 25, was a surfer from Rio, 41, who was in Indonesia.
The second case, a man from St. Paul, aged 55, who was also in Indonesia, was diagnosed in September 29. The third, which was confirmed on December 3, is a woman. She has 25 years, lives in St. Paul and traveled to India. They arrived in Brazil infected. This is the first time the presence of chikungunya is confirmed in the country.
Taui clarifies that there is no cause for alarm. "Severe cases of chikungunya are more rare than those of dengue," he says. It is a seemingly more benign disease than dengue. Its occurrence is restricted to Southeast Asia. The cases identified here are imported from the region. "
Also according to him, the joint pain caused by the disease are so intense that leave the victims bent. "One gets a bit tilted because of the pain. The patient needs to take painkillers."
Brazil will be able to treat
As with dengue, the treatment is to keep the patient well hydrated. He says that Brazil is ready to make the diagnosis of chikungunya. "There are reference laboratories of the Ministry of Health who are able to do the exams, including the Instituto Evandro Chagas in Belém They confirmed these three cases." The chikungunya was first identified in the 1950s. The professor reports that the virus has frightened the governments of France, Spain and Italy. "They are very worried, because they may have acquired cases in their own territory," he explains