High fever? It could be Chikungunya!

High fever? It could be Chikungunya!

Chikungunya is a viral disease that is transmitted through the bite of Aedes mosquito. The infected Aedes mosquitoes breed in or around human habitations and feed on humans during the daytime in shady areas as well as in the evening. It is not a highly fatal disease but the pain can be excruciating. With the symptoms being quite similar, it is sometimes misdiagnosed in areas where Dengue is common. Chikungunya virus is a fatal threat to children, aged people and can even cause paralysis, kidney, liver disorder, and cerebral problems amid them.

Symptoms of Chikungunya

The initial signs and symptoms of this disease may be chills, fever, vomiting, nausea, headache, joint pain, etc. Some people also get rashes and experience high fever ranging from 100°-104° Celsius. Other major physical symptoms of Chikungunya are:

  • Redness in the eye
  • Headache
  • Severe body ache with swelling and pain in joints
  • Appearance of rashes usually on limbs and trunks
  • Bleeding

Diagnosis and Treatment

Some of the available tests for the diagnosis of this disease include – Viral Culture, Serologic and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)-based tests, etc.As there are no medicines or vaccines for Chikungunya, here are some measures to be taken for faster recovery:

  • Take plenty of rest
  • Consume a lot of fluids to prevent dehydration
  • Take medicines like Paracetamol for fever and pain


To prevent Chikungunya infection, keep yourself covered and minimize skin exposure. Some other tips are:

  • Exposed skin should be protected by applying mosquito repellents
  • Do not allow water to stagnate near homes
  • Stay extra safe during daytime and use nets to avoid mosquito bites
  • Keep your surroundings clean and clear garbage bins regularly
  • Change the water in flower vessels regularly to avoid mosquito breeding
  • If you are pregnant or suffering from any serious medical problems, then avoid visiting the places with an outbreak of Chikungunya

Medica has advanced labs and modern equipment to diagnose and determine different types of diseases. The Internal Medicine department has highly trained doctors with great skills to deal with any type of disease and provide the best treatment to all patients. With 24×7 monitoring and the best ICU&Emergency department, Medica can help you and your loved ones get better.
For any kind of emergency, contact us at +913366520100 or Internal Medicine: 9874478915

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