All about Chikungunya
Medikoe Health Expert
Koramangala, bengaluru, karnataka, india, Bengaluru Feb 14, 2017
Chikungunya (CHIKV) is a viral disease caused by an aggressive species of mosquito. It is endemic in Africa, India, South East Asia and even Australia.
Both Dengue and Chikungunya are caused by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. It is transmitted from person to person with the bite of the female mosquito, which bites during the daylight hours.
The symptoms of Chikungunya begins to show within seven days after the infection and ends up lasting up to few weeks. Chikungunya does not result in death but the symptoms could be severe and disabling. Some of the common symptoms of Chikungunya are:
- High fever
- Joint pain
- Skin rashes
As Chikungunya has symptoms that are similar to Dengue and Zika, blood test is needed to confirm the presence of Chikungunya.
There is no vaccine to prevent or treat Chikungunya virus. Treatment helps to ease symptoms using anti-inflammatory drugs and getting plenty of rest.
Protecting yourself from mosquito bites will help you safeguard your health. These below mentioned cautionary measures will help you prevent an infection.
- Wear clothing that covers the entire body
- Apply a skin insect repellent regularly
- Keep the windows shut
- Clean gutters and pot plants
- Stay away from areas with stagnant water
- Use mosquito nets
- Keep the bathroom clean
- Do not use scented shampoos as mosquitoes are attracted to smells of perfume.