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DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN DENGUE AND CHIKUNGUNYA

The Genesis 

Historically, Chikungunya was referred to as Dengue. It was only after an outbreak of Chikungunya in Makonde Plateau, somewhere near Tanzania, that it was identified as a separate disease. 

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease. It is spread by numerous species of the Aedes mosquito. Dengue has become a global cause of concern ever since the commencement of the Second World War. 

Similarly, Chikungunya is an infection caused by the Chikungunya virus. This virus is transferred by two species of the same Aedes type mosquitoes. Chikungunya virus was first isolated by RW Ross in 1953. In India, Chikungunya was never a bigger cause of concern as compared to Dengue, especially in northern India. However, since 2016, there has been an increase in the cases of Chikungunya. 

What’s common between Dengue and Chikungunya?

First of all, mosquito bite is the main cause of Chikungunya and Dengue. Both the diseases are caused by a female mosquito also commonly known by the name Aedes. 

Other common things between Dengue and Chikungunya are:

  1. Dengue and Chikungunya diseases are more common in the tropical and sub-tropical climates. India is one such country where it rains and rains continuously for many months. This is the reason people in India face the threat of these vector-borne diseases. 
  2. Every year millions of people are affected by Dengue and Chikungunya all across the globe. Thousands in India are also infected with these diseases every year. Deaths are also caused due to mosquito-borne diseases. Therefore, you should know that these diseases are killers and it is important to kill the cause before it kills you. We will discuss about prevention later in the blog.

What are the Symptoms of Chikungunya and Dengue?

Both the viral infections are characterized by similar signs such as:

  • High Fever
  • Headache
  • Pain In The Joints And Eyes
  • Rashes 
  • Lethargy.

These symptoms are often confused with viral fever and malaria. The key to avoiding both these dangerous diseases is prevention. And this is where Kala HIT will help you. Spray Kala HIT daily to keep the disease-carrying mosquitoes at bay.

How to know the difference between Dengue and Chikungunya?

Despite being quite similar, both the diseases are very much different. Due to sharing quite similar signs, it becomes difficult in identifying the exact problem. Some of the differences in both the viral infections are: 

  1. Dengue and Chikungunya, though carried by the same mosquito type, but are caused by different viruses. While Chikungunya is caused by a Togaviridae alphavirus, Dengue is caused by a Flavirideae flavivirus. 
  2. The incubation period of Chikungunya is of 1-12 days and the duration varies from one to two weeks. However, signs such as joint pain may stay for a long time. The incubation period for dengue is of 3-7 weeks while it stays from about four to seven weeks. 
  3. Swelling and pain is high in Chikungunya as compared to that in Dengue. 
  4. Chikungunya can cause tremendous joint pain. Whereas Dengue can cause bleeding in some cases, breathing problems, etc. 
  5. In Chikungunya, rashes all across the face, palms, feet, limbs can be found whereas, in Dengue, rashes are limited to limbs and face.
  6. Complications such as chronic arthritis and rare neurological problems are possible in Chikungunya. In severe cases of Dengue, respiratory problems, organ failure or shock can be caused. Arthritis is absent in Dengue.

The key to avoiding both these dangerous diseases is prevention. And this is where Kala HIT will help you. Spray Kala HIT daily to keep the disease-carrying mosquitos at bay.

What are the Dengue Symptoms in severe cases?

In severe cases, you will notice the following Dengue Symptoms:

  1. Bleeding from the nose, gum, mouth or bruises on the skin.
  2. Excessive thirst.
  3. Pale and cold skin.
  4. Black stool.
  5. Restlessness 

Do’s and Don’ts For Chikungunya and Dengue Prevention

Do’s

  • Put mosquito resistant nets or mesh on windows and doors to prevent the entry of mosquitoes. 
  • Wear full sleeve clothes which are essential to cover all your body parts and prevent from getting dangerous mosquito bites. The red, itchy bump is sometimes more scary than any disease. 
  • Use a mosquito net while sleeping. Cover the bed completely and do not leave an inch of space for the enemy to get inside and disturb your sleep and peace.
  • Dispose of the water collected in open tanks or buckets. Check stored water regularly for mosquito breeding on the rooftop of the homes. 
  • Clear and dispose of sites and things which can cause mosquito infestation.
  • Wash utensils in the kitchen and dry them before you leave the kitchen for the night. 
  • Improve your diet with protein, water, green vegetables, fresh fruits, easily digestible food to boost immunity.

Don’ts

  • Don’t let the windows and doors open, especially in the evening time. Dusk till dawn, the mosquitoes carry an all-out attack on humans. 
  • Don’t sleep before handling all the mosquitoes. 
  • Don’t leave water-filled containers, buckets, water games or other such things in the open. 
  • Don’t leave the gaps and holes on the door or anywhere.
  • Don’t leave out broken containers or bottles outside which may store rainwater leading to mosquito breeding.
  • Don’t leave out a tank or any container uncovered.
  • Don’t let the water in the cooler, AC or Fridge become a place for mosquitoes
  • Don’t throw garbage out in the open and keep surroundings clean indeed.

These do’s and don’ts will certainly help in keeping mosquitoes away. But in order to win this war on mosquito enemies, you need a killer. The Kala HIT is one of the most amazing killer sprays in the market. 

As thousands and millions of mosquitoes are produced regularly it is impossible to stop this menace. The only solution is to eliminate mosquitoes in every household with Kala HIT. It can reach all places where mosquitoes generally rest or hover around.

Kill each one of them that causes diseases like Dengue and Chikungunya. Make sure to spray it every day and keep your family safe and healthy.

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