Chikungunya is a viral disease caused by the chikungunya virus (CHIKV). It is transmitted from an infected person to a healthy person through the female Aedes mosquito which is also responsible for transmitting dengue. While it is similar to dengue in a lot of ways, the complications arising from it are less severe. The disease usually manifests with symptoms like fever and joint pain. The joint pain can be quite incapacitating and may be accompanied by muscle pain. Other prominent symptoms include skin rashes, headaches, and fatigue. While this is a relatively a controllable disease, it can result in liver damage and internal bleeding.
The symptoms of chikungunya show up inbetween 3-10 days after being bitten by the infected mosquito.They are as follows:
The female Aedes mosquito is responsible for causing Chikungunya.
Only a blood test can definitively diagnose chikungunya as symptoms are not always easy to tell apart from other conditions.
Home remedies that can be tried for treating Chikungunya
For example : Odomos, a popularly available mosquito repellent cream.