Friday, 12 August 2016

Delhi is in a grip of Chikungunya

Delhi is in a grip of Chikungunya
 Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment of Chikungunya
  • Most people infected with chikungunya virus will develop some symptoms.
  • Symptoms usually begin 3 to 7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.
  • The most common symptoms are high-grade fever and severe arthralgia (joint pain).
  • Other symptoms may include headache, fatigue, throat discomfort, muscle pain, joint swelling, or skin rash.
  • Chikungunya disease does not often result in death, but the symptoms can be severe and disabling.
  • Symptoms usually resolve within a week. But, the joint pain may persist for months in some people.
  • People at risk for more severe disease include newborns infected around the time of birth, adults aged 65 years or older and people with medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease.
  • Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections.
  • The symptoms of chikungunya are similar to those of dengue and Zika, diseases spread by the same mosquitoes that transmit chikungunya.
  • A history of travel or residence in areas where chikungunya is found in a suspected case.
  • Blood tests to look for virus specific antibodies for chikungunya or other similar viruses like dengue and Zika. 
  • There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat the Chikungunya virus.
  • Treatment is symptomatic and supportive.
  • - Plenty of rest.
  • - Adequate fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • - Paracetamol to reduce fever and pain.
  • -  Avoid aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) until dengue can be ruled out to reduce the risk of bleeding).
  • - If you are taking medicine for another medical condition, talk to your healthcare provider before taking additional medication. 
  • Patients with Chikungunya should take precautions to prevent mosquito bites for the first week of the illness.
  • - During the first week of infection, Chikungunya virus can be found in the blood and passed from an infected person to a mosquito through mosquito bites.
  • - An infected mosquito can then spread the virus to other people

1 comment:

  1. Chikungunya is a viral disease spread by mosquitoes. Chikungunya symptoms include severe and persistent joint pain, body rash, headache and fever. Initial symptoms are similar to dengue fever. It is usually NOT life threatening. But the joint pains can last for a long time and full recovery may take months. Usually patient gets life long immunity from infection and hence re-infection is very rare.
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