Friday, 23 September 2016

What is Chikungunya?

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. It causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash.  

The symptoms of chikungunya are similar to those of dengue and Zika, diseases spread by the same mosquitoes that transmit chikungunya.

There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat chikungunya virus.The infected person should have plenty of rest, drink fluids to prevent dehydration, take medicine such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or paracetamol to reduce fever and pain. Medical advise from a doctor should be sought at the earliest.

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