Chikungunya outbreak case is rise to 29 thousand since it first reported earlier in August in Dire Dawa city administrator, city health bureau announced.
The Minister of Health, Amir Aman (MD), has observed the spread of the disease and preventive activities in the region.
Despite the efforts being made to curb the spread of the disease, the public still needs to do a great deal of awareness on removing water wells and equipment that are suitable for the breeding of the insect which transfers the virus.
Though chemical and antimalarial drugs are being disseminated in the region, patients are still complaining about the shortage.
So far 29,000 people have been infected in the city and no deaths have been reported.
Four weeks ago Dire Dawa Health bureau reporting 3,756 cases with similar symptoms of the Chikungunya virus in the administration.
Chikungunya is a virus that causes high fever, headache, and joint and muscle pain for about three to seven days after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito.
Although most patients tend to feel better within days or weeks, some develop chronic joint pain and inflammation.
The disease rarely causes death, but joint pain can last months or even years for some people, according to the WHO.