Australian Broadcasting details how chikungunya threatens Australia

Reported cases of chikungunya in Australia have jumped. There were 19 for the whole of last year, and 73 already in the first six months of this year.

The real figure is likely to be much higher, because few Australian GPs are aware chikungunya exists, and haven’t been testing for it.

There’s a good chance many Australians are suffering from this debilitating disease, not knowing what it is they have.

‘I’m sure that’s true; some aren’t being diagnosed,’ says Professor Lindsay Grayson, the director of infectious diseases at Melbourne’s Austin Hospital.

via The barbecue stopper: the chikungunya mutation threatening Australia – Background Briefing – ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

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