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Chikungunya

Chikungunya is a viral infection caused by two species of mosquitoes, namely Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Albopictus. These species generally bite during the day and transmit the viral infection in the human body. These mosquitoes generally attack the human body from below so as to enable difficulty in detection. This infection is non-contagious and cannot be transferred from person to person. It usually lasts for 2-12 days after undergoing treatment. Symptoms generally begin after 3- 7 days after being bitten.

Chikungunya can lead to severe complications like Haemorrhage, Hepatitis, Nephritis, Retinitis, etc. There is no vaccination invented for Chikungunya yet, thus one needs to be really cautious and take steps to prevent the infection.

Symptoms of Chikungunya

High Fever Cold and cough
Muscle and Joint Pain Swelling of joints
Skin Rashes Headache
Nausea Fatigue

 

Do’s

  • Get the patient diagnosed as soon as possible
  • Wear full-sleeve clothing
  • Eat healthy homemade food
  • get enough rest
  • Use mosquito repellents. Do not use repellents on babies of or under the age of 2 months.
  • Use natural method of relieving pain in joints

 

Don’ts

  • Do not take medications without consulting any medical practitioner.
  • Do not limit the intake of water. Stay hydrated.
  • Do not let water collect around your surroundings as it can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.