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CAUSE AND SYMPTOMS OF CHICKUNGUNYA

Caused by a viral infection, Chikungunya is among some of the commonly occurring diseases during the monsoon season. This disease is caused in humans when the mosquitos carrying the Chikungunya virus bite them. The Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitos are the ones which carry the virus.

What Causes Chikungunya

Known to occur in Asia, Africa, Europe and America, Chikungunya, a mosquito borne illness, is becoming increasingly dangerous. The chikungunya virus transmits from person to person if they are bitten by a female mosquito of the aforementioned species. The illness usually does not begin to show its symptoms till 4 to 6 days after the bite. These mosquitos usually bite in the daytime and afternoon hours, and are known to bite more outdoors than indoors. However, they might breed indoors as well.

Let us now take a look at some of the common symptoms of this disease:

Symptoms

The WHO states the following as the key symptoms of this illness –

1. Sudden fevers

2. Joint pain

3. Muscular pain

4. Headache

5. Nausea

6. Fatigue

7. Rashes

While these symptoms look very generic and can also be caused by a number of other reasons, if the persist for a time longer than a few days, it is best advised to get yourself examined by a medical professional. If it goes untreated, it can cause major damages, including damage to the eye as well as neurological and cardiac complications. In older patients, this can also lead to death if untreated.

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