Chikungunya an update by Dr.T.V.Rao MD

New Drug Approvals

The Aedes aegypti mosquito biting a person.

WHAT IS CHIKUNGUNYA• Manifest with Crippling Arthritic disease of sudden onset.• Name is derived from Swahili – Chikungunya meaning that which bends up• Virus isolated in 1953 from serum and Aedes mosquitoes and Culex spp

Chikungunya is a virus that is transmitted from human to human mainly by infected Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (later referred to as Aedes mosquitoes) acting as the disease-carrying vector• Chikungunya causes sudden onset of high fever, severe joint pain, muscle pain and headache• As no vaccine or medication is currently available to prevent or cure the infection, control of Chikungunya involves vector control measures and encouraging people to avoid mosquito bites

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