Chikungunya is a viral disease that spreads through two mosquito species, A. albopictus and A. aegypti.
The disease is marked by a sudden onset of sudden fever after a few days of contacting the virus.
Although the disease isn’t largely fatal, the symptoms, that last for about a week, do present an inconvenient predicament.
Apart from fever, the affected persons may experience joint pain, muscle pain, headache, joint swelling, or rash. Children and people over 60 years of age are more susceptible to the disease.
Mosquito control is the best way for prevention as there is no vaccine present for the disease.
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The disease is mainly diagnosed by analysing the symptoms in a victim and recent history to check for a possible source of infection.
Although there is no specific treatment available for the ailment, treatment for the symptoms has been proven to be effective. It is important to prevent dehydration and further infection through mosquito bites.
Doctors recommend plentiful rest and non-aspirin analgesics such as paracetamol to help alleviate the fever and pain.