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Chikungunya – Facts

 

  • A viral disease, spread by mosquitoes
  • Chikungunya symptoms are – mainly fever and severe joint pain. Others may include muscle pain, nausea, and rash.
  • Chikungunya symptoms are quite similar to dengue symptoms and there is a possibility of it being misdiagnosed in areas where dengue is common.
  • There is no particular cure for the disease
  • It is the symptoms of the disease that are treated
  • Chikungunya is prevelant in Africa, Asia and Indian subcontinent
  • This disease has nothing to do with ‘chicken’; the misconception is mainly due to the close resemblance between the words ‘chikun’ and ‘chicken’.

 

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