Neighboring Guatemala has reported over 400 cases of chikungunya infections within its borders, and Mexico has treated about 10 cases brought from outside its borders to be treated within the country, but the nation is recording its first local diagnosis of the chikungunya disease with the infection of a local 8-year old girl in the town of Arriaga, Chiapas.

Chikungunya does not often lead to the death of the patient, but it causes extreme joint and muscle pains that may cause disability and associated chronic pains. It is a viral disease that is caused and transmitted by infected Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. A bite from these mosquitoes can do more harm than desired, and it has been the cause of muscle and joint pains that last several months and years without much medical help.

Chikungunya does not have a vaccine yet, and there is no specific treatment option for the mosquito infection; but the best way to prevent it is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. The disease spreads by autonomous transmission, and the virus could sooner or later mutate into something more deadly than it presently is now.

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