Everything You Need To Know About Dengue, And How To Prevent It

Monday, 19/09/2016

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: A. albopictus and A. aegypti mosquitos are the ones which carry the virus.

These are the same mosquitos which also help the dengue virus spread. However, the Chikungunya virus is actually more dangerous than dengue, as it can affect a much larger number of species. Let us now take a look at some of the common symptoms of this disease:

Symptoms of Chikungunya:

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.

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.

Prevention

The best way to stay healthy and stay safe from the Chikungunya virus is by avoiding mosquitos. There are a number of things a person can do to ensure that mosquitos stay away and do not breed near them. Let us take a look at some of the prevention methods:

1. Ensure that there is no stagnating water near you. Fill all the uneven mud in your garden, ensure that your buckets remain empty, and all nearby drains are closed!
2. Use Kala Hit, the most effective way to keep mosquitos away.
3. Keep the windows closed, which ensures the mosquitos stay out.

Following these steps will help keep the mosquitos away, and ensure you stay as safe from Chikungunya as possible! Do you have your own tips and tricks for staying safe from mosquitoes? Share them with us in the comments!