Chikungunya is a viral disease that causes fever and severe joint pains. It is spread to human by bite of an infected mosquito. The aedes aegypti mosquitoes spread or pass on this virus. This type of mosquito also spreads the dengue virus.
The most common symptoms are fever and severe joint pains, often in the hands, wrist and ankles. Prolong effects includes Arthritis and disabling joints pains. In some cases, joints pains can last for several months and even years. Other symptoms include headache, backache, muscles pain, nausea, fatigue and rash.
There are no medicines to specifically treat chikungunya or vaccine; however pain killers can be taken to reduce the symptoms. It is paramount to note that only paracetamol pain killersshould be taken. Other pain killers such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen and other anti-flammmatory drugs are not recommended as they may increase risk of bleeding.
Prevent Mosquito Bites
Mosquitoes which spread Chikunyunga bites during the daytime so;
Prevent Mosquito Breeding
The aedes mosquito breeds and lives in standing water in and around the home hence do your part to prevent them from breeding.
N:B see your doctor immediately if you think you or a family member might have chikungunya
Source: MOH brochure
Do you have measures in place to protect yourself and your family from Chikungunya?