Chickungunya -a viral fever in Coimbatore

Chikungunya a viral fever caused by mosquito bites is mushrooming all over southern India. Coimbatore is also very much affected by it and the reason for it is inadequate sanitary conditions. Symptoms can include sudden onset of fever, chills, headache, nausea, vomiting, joint pain with or without swelling, low back pain, and rash.

Treatment for CHIKV(Chikungunya Virus):

As such there is no treatment available.The government is taking some steps to eradicate the viral disease.I guess the people have to be more aware of it by making sure that there are no stagnant waters in their areas and use some good mosquito repellents and so on… A person affected by CHIKV requires lots of rest and ofcourse, good amount of fluid intake… This disease is not contagious but spreads through mosquito bites. The fever lasts for few days to few weeks.Some patients have reported joint pain, or arthritis which may last for weeks or months.

You can get lot of details about the effects, causes and prevention methods from Center for Disease Control.
The disturbing news about the spread of this fever far and wide is reported in this CDC newsletter.

Travelers who take on travel to the affected areas can get some vital tips here to safegaurd themselves from this infection.

I will give constant updates on this as and when it happens.


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