What is Chikungunya

What is Chikungunya

From the Ministry of Health Malaysia and World Health Organization

What is Chikungunya ?

Chikungunya is a viral infection caused by an arbovirus (Alphavirus of the family Togaviridae).

How does it spread ?

Through Aedes mosquitoes (which also spread dengue fever)

Recognize the symptoms

1. Sudden high fever

2. Rashes

3. Severe or chronic join pain (may last for more than three months) in mainly wrists, ankles and fingers/toes.

4. Headache

The symptoms are most often clinically indistinguishable from those observed in dengue fever.

Chikungunya in Malaysia

Six states have been hit by Chikungunya in Malaysia as at Sept 6, 2008: Johor, Pahang, Kelantan, Malacca (Melaka), Negeri Sembilan and Perak. However, so far no fatalities associated with Chikungunya have been reported.

Minimize your chances of getting infected with Chikungunya

1. Clean your house and surrounding neighborhood.

2. Make sure there are no potential mosquito-breeding sites. Inspect your house or surroundings once a week for such sites.

3. Avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes.

4. Use insect repellents or mosquito coils or repellent mats.

Do you think you have Chikungunya ?

If you have symptoms of Chikungunya, seek medical help promptly at your nearest clinic or hospital.

Alternatively, you can do a Chikungunya blood test at your nearest diagnostic centre to rule out any possibilities!

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