What is Chikungunya?
Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted by female Aedes species mosquitoes. It causes fever and joint pain that stays for a long time. It is an RNA virus that belongs to the alphavirus genus of the Togaviridae family. This virus can also be transmitted through infected blood and can multiply itself in various cells of the body. Chikungunya even shares some clinical signs with dengue and zika virus. Correct diagnosis is one of the most important elements in diagnosing the disease and distinguishes it from dengue because both diseases happen by the bite of the same mosquito
The symptoms of Chikungunya are similar to those of dengue fever. Only a proper blood test can decide if it is Chikungunya or dengue fever. Following are few symptoms that can indicate the presence of Chikungunya:
Fever Severe muscle ache Constant headache Full body itching & rash Extreme pain in all joints Pain in fingertips and palm mounts Weakness
Humans are the natural host of the chikungunya virus. It spreads among humans by a bite of an infected female mosquito of the Aedes species. They are the mosquitoes of the tropical and subtropical regions carrying the virus of dengue.
How it is diagnosed?
How it is treated?
There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat chikungunya virus. Treat the symptoms: