Everything You Should Know About Chikungunya, The Fever That’s Literally Painful


Cases of Chikungunya virus in India this year have been high. This mosquito-borne virus causes extreme joint pain, in addition to fever and headache, but is usually not fatal. It is transmitted by bites from a mosquito species called Aedes.

Is it contagious?

 No, not at all! It doesn’t spread from human to human contact, though in very rare cases it can spread from mother to the newborn. It can also spread via blood transfusion though no such reports have come so far according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of chikungunya show up three to seven days after the mosquito bite. Headache, joint swelling, rashes, muscle pain and high fever are the most common symptoms according to the CDC. Usually symptoms last only for two to three days.

What is the cure or treatment for it?

 It is advisable to take rest, drink fluids and take some pain and fever reliving medicines suggested by the doctor.

How many days does it takes to recover?

It is certainly not fatal and most people feel better within a week with proper rest, though many are never relieved of the debilitating joint pain.

Prevention

The best way to protect yourself from chikungunya is to protect yourself against the mosquitoes. Try and wear long sleeves to protect your skin from bites and using insect repellent. And make sure to contact your doctor if you develop any symptoms consistent with chikungunya.

Originally posted 2017-05-25 20:03:40.

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