Chikungunya is a viral fever which infects humans who are bit by a particular type of mosquito – Aedes Aegypti. It was first discovered in 1952 in Tanzania, Africa. The virus has since infected people from many countries across the world including India, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, China, Egypt and other countries mainly in South Asia and South East Asia. The virus has also recently started to spread in Europe and the American continent.
The name Chikungunya was derived from the Swahili language, which means “to become contorted”. The disease itself is usually not life threatening, but causes immense pain to the victim and the after effects of the Chikungunya fever are annoying to say the least. Usually, the symptoms of Chikungunya are no different than Dengue, another popular fever caused by mosquitoes, and hence, in many instances, the Chikungunya fever is misdiagnosed as dengue.
There is currently no confirmed cure of the Chikungunya fever and the treatment methods for this fever are usually aimed at treating the symptoms of the fever. Visit this page to know the various outbreaks of Chikungunya across the world from 2005.
Symptoms of Chikungunya
The Chikungunya fever starts with a high body temperature along with joint stiffness. Other symptoms commonly found in patients include
- Muscle pain
- Body rash
Read more about the other signs and symptoms of Chikungunya.
Treatments for Chikungunya
There are currently no cures or treatment for the Chikungunya Fever. The main treatments that medical professionals follow are usually to cure the various symptoms of this fever. Also, there is no vaccine available for Chikungunya. In the year 2000, the U.S Govt. sponsored vaccine developed a 98% resistance to the virus and an 85% resistance after the first year.
However, alternative treatment methods like ayurveda, homeopathy have treatments for Chikungunya which have successful cure for the fever.
Prevention of Chikungunya
There are many available ways to prevent the Chikungunya virus from spreading. Most of these include the prevention of the spread of mosquitoes itself. Read more here.
What is Chikungunia.com
This website was created to track the outbreaks, treatment methods available and general information on the Chikungunya fever. You can learn more about the fever itself, read updates on the latest outbreak of the disease and more on this website. Do let us know if you would like to update any information on this website through the contact form.