What You Need to Know about Chikungunya Virus

Chikungunya virus

Chikungunya virus is present here in Singapore. According to the National Environment Agency (NEA), there are nine hundred twenty four cases of Chikungunya virus noted from April 2013. Chikungunya is a disease transmitted to humans by contaminated mosquitoes (like Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti). Though this is not fatal, you still need to know. Here are some information that you may find enlightening:

Symptoms

Symptoms of Chikungunya virus include abrupt onset of very high fever. The fever will be accompanied by rigorous joint pain (mostly in the legs and arms), rashes, headache, muscle pains and back pains. The symptoms may appear three to seven days after the bite of the infected mosquito. Patients will feel better in a few days (or weeks).

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Treatment

The symptoms can result to immobility and for others, it may cause serious complications. The bad news is that there is no particular medication offered to treat Chikungunya virus. The only thing that can be done is to stop the symptoms. For the fever, you need to lower it by taking aspirins. For the joint pain, you need to take pain relievers, etc. You should refer to your doctors.

Prevention

Unfortunately, there are no vaccines available to prevent Chikungunya virus. The only thing that you can do to prevent the spread of the infection is to avoid mosquitoes. You can start by wearing long sleeve shirts plus long pants, use mosquito repellent, close windows and doors always or install screens for windows and doors and treat clothing.

Chikungunya virus is awfully painful. It will affect your daily performances if you deliberately ignore it. It is important that you are armed with the necessary information to stop it if not totally eliminate it.

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