Friday, July 19, 2013

What To Know About Chikungunya

Just a health knowledge...

CHIKUNGUNYA is a rare fever caused by a virus spread by female aedes egypti mosquitoes. These mosquitoes bite mainly during the day and rest in the dark corners.

The mosquitoes that carries chikungunya develop in stagnant clean water such as that of tires, banana, aircon, and other vessels. The main virus reservoirs of chikungunya are monkeys, but it can also be sustained in other species.

Its incubation period is three to seven days. Dengue similar symptoms of chikungunya may include fever up to forty degrees, severe joint pain, chill, nausea, vomiting, rashes, lethargy and headache.

There is no specific treatment for chikungunya, but most cases recover in three to five days.  Symptomatic treatments may include bed rest and fluid intake. Medication can also be done to mitigate fever and pain. However, some patients may experience severe joint pains that may persist for a month.

Stop chikungunya! Photo credit: aminearlythereyet.com.
Still, prevention is better than cure, as there is no cure of it yet. The best measure to halt the spread of the chikungunya is by taking precautions to avoid mosquito bites like using mosquito coils and nets, applying mosquito repellents, wearing long sleeves and pants to cover the body, and destroying water stagnation where these mosquitoes usually breed.


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