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Singaporean students infected with chikungunya return to the country

Bipin Dimri Jun 06, 2019

A teacher from SOTA (School of the Arts) alongside students who were inflicted with Chikungunya have finally returned to Singapore. The students and teacher visited Thailand as a school trip.

The school reported on Tuesday that around 11 students were affected by the virus. Moreover, nine of the students were diagnosed in Bangkok’s Bangkok Christian Hospital. Additionally, the two other students who did not show any sign of the infection were later reported to be suffering from Chikungunya in their home country.

Mary Seah, the principal of School of the Arts, said that the students are showing sign of recovery.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Ministry of Health said that a couple of students who showed the signs of Chikungunya in Singapore. One of the students received an outpatient treatment, whereas the other was immediately taken to the hospital.

The people who fell ill with Chikungunya went on a study trip to Thailand as a part of 25 students & three teachers went on a trip to Thailand’s Ratchaburi province a week ago. The principal also said that they had previously informed the teachers and the students about taking precautions and protection from mosquito bites. Mrs Seah also said that they monitored the temperatures for around 12 days and sought medical treatment when they get unwell.

Singapore’s Health Ministry was seen suggesting the people from SOTA how to be safe during the trip. Mrs Seah assured that the school is going to continue working with the parents in monitoring the well-being of the students, intimately.

MOH said that the maximum period of incubation for Chikungunya is around 12 days. The infection is transmitted to humans when an infected Aedes mosquito feeds on them. Some of the significant symptoms are joint pain, fever, headache, rash, muscle pain and nausea. In some cases, the patient may fully recover from the disease, but the joint pain persists for many weeks and sometimes years.


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