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Chikungunya: Symptoms And Precautions

Chikungunya may seem like a recently prevalent virus disease but the first case of this mosquito borne illness was reported in 1952 in Tanzania, Africa. Being a viral fever, chikungunya has no vaccination and no specific cure yet. That’s why prevention and early detection (by being vigilant about its symptoms) are the only vital ways of safeguarding oneself from this malady.

Chikungunya is caused by the bite of the female Aedes mosquito, the same bug that causes dengue. That is why the symptoms of the two diseases often overlap. Therefore, a close examination of the symptoms is a must in order to detect it accurately. Here are the signs you’ve got to be aware of:

  • High fever (102 to 104 degrees)
  • Myalgia – severe muscle pains
  • Joint pains
  • Swollen joints
  • Rashes across the body
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dehydration (hence it is advised to consume a lot of fluids- water, ORS, etc. during the disease)

The symptoms generally occur within 4 to 8 days of the infected bite. Unlike dengue, the muscle and joint pains caused by chikungunya are much more severe, intensified and unbearable; making its victim stiff. No wonder, the ailment is called ‘chikungunya’ because it means “to become contorted” in the African Kimakonde language. Other differences between the two viral fevers are that chikungunya symptoms are sometimes accompanied by conjunctivas and chest ailments. Secondly, chikungunya is mostly not as fatal as dengue, if treated properly. Incidences of death caused by chikungunya are comparatively low, occurring mainly among the elderly who are already suffering from other health complications. Thirdly, apart from mosquitoes, infected monkeys, birds and cattle can too spread the virus which is not the case with dengue. Lastly, dengue is distinguished by a severe ache behind the eyes.

Younger children and people in their old age are said to be the worst targets of the fever. Since it has no vaccine and particular cure, prevention is the best way to safeguard against it. Keep these precautionary measures in mind to stay protected:

  • The Aedes mosquito is the most active during the day time, especially during early morning and late afternoon. Wear clothes that cover your arms and legs properly.
  • Kill the mosquitoes by using mosquito repellent coils, sprays, etc. Keep them from biting you by using net or gauze for the windows, doors and bed.
  • Stop the breeding of mosquitoes by keeping your surrounding clean. Prevent water clogging and stagnation (the place where mosquitoes lay their eggs). Cover water pits and puddles with sand or petroleum or insecticides. Make sure that the drains of your locality are not left open.
  • Keep moving if you are situated in a place where the profusion of mosquitoes is high.

These suggestions will definitely help keep chikungunya at bay but if you experience any chikungunya symptoms, consult your doctor and visit a diagnostic centre such as Apollo Diagnostics and get tested immediately. The pathological technicians at Apollo Diagnostics will be able to diagnose your condition accurately using their expertise, experience, and state-of- the-art technology. Apollo Diagnostics even provides a free home collection service for your ease and convenience.

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Patient Testimonials

“Finding the best place for a diagnostic test is as important as consulting the best doctor. The Apollo name was what guided me to Apollo Diagnostics and I am indeed glad that I came here. From attending us on time to sample collection, everything flowed so smoothly. I was particularly impressed by the hygiene. It was definitely a value for money experience. Thanks a lot Apollo Diagnostics…keep up the good work!”

Mrs. Ferha Jabeen, Old Bowenpally, Secunderabad

“I Have heard a lot of good things about Apollo Diagnostics from our family physician as well as from relatives and friends. So then next time I needed a diagnostic centre, I visited Apollo Diagnostics and I was really glad I did. For one, I didn’t have to wait. The technician was extremely good, and the place was really clean. It was certainly a value for money experience. Great job Apollo Diagnostics!”

Ms. T. Jaya, Nakkalagutta, Hanmakonda

“I must say Apollo Diagnostics places a great value on time and patient comfort! I am a fan of their home collection service which is not only on time and technically sound, but the hygiene and cordiality of the visiting technician is also commendable. Hats off! I’ll continue to recommend Apollo Diagnostics to my family and friends.”

Mr. B. Pochaiah, Mallikarjuna Nagar Colony, Old Bowenpally, Secunderabad

“I have always had a great experience with Apollo Diagnostics. The calls are unfailingly answered. The scheduled appointment is kept to the minute. The phlebotomist is well-trained in both technique and putting the patient at ease. Apollo Diagnostics undoubtedly delivers value for money. They will always be my top option for all the diagnostic needs of my family.”

Mr. Prasanta Kumar Jena, JP Nagar, Bengaluru

“I came to know about Apollo Diagnostics from my relatives and friends. So, when I required a check up to be done, I thought about trying their service once. From sticking to the appointed time to accuracy of technique, it was really a great experience overall. Hygiene of the technician and the centre as well, was also quite admirable. I certainly felt it delivers value for money service. From now on, I’ll always visit Apollo Diagnostics for all my checkups.”

Mr. Venkateshwar Rao, Hanmakonda

“I was looking for a good diagnostic centre to get some checkups done. I was confused as there are so many of them all over the city. Some of my friends recommended Apollo Diagnostics as the best one. I’ll always remain thankful to them. The technician at Apollo Diagnostics was not only punctual but his competency was certainly praiseworthy. I never felt any discomfort as he was so confident and compassionate. Great job Apollo Diagnostics!”

Mr. T Radhakishan Rao, Hanmakonda

“My experience with Apollo Diagnostics has been consistently good. Securing the appointment was very easy and the schedule was maintained to the dot. The behaviour of the technician was pleasant and he was well–versed with his job. The place was noticeably clean and I did not face any discomfort during the process. The reports were delivered as promised and surprisingly, the service was pretty affordable. I would recommend Apollo Diagnostics to my circle without any hesitation!”

Mr. Arif Ameer, JP Nagar, Bengaluru

“Apollo Diagnostics came highly recommended by my friends. I was particularly impressed by their cordiality, time management and process competence. Another must mention is the hygiene factor that is impeccable. Given the quality delivered, this is certainly a value for money experience. Thanks a lot Apollo Diagnostics…keep up the great work!”

Ms. A.Madhavi, Warangal

“Our family physician strictly instructed me to get the checkup done at Apollo Diagnostics. I am glad I respected his opinion. I was attended to as soon as I went in. The technician was a true expert at his job and made it a painless experience for me. I also observed that the centre was spotless and all the staff members were particular about maintaining hygiene. Apollo Diagnostics certainly delivers value for money. I’ll always recommend Apollo Diagnostics to my family and friends.”

Ms. Vimala, Hanmakonda

“My Apollo Diagnostics experience has thus far been truly amazing. Besides unfailingly maintaining the schedule – be it sample taking or report delivery, their sense of cleanliness is also tops. The technicians are well-trained and do their job with diligence and in a friendly manner that puts patients at ease at once. Apollo Diagnostics is setting a very high standard indeed! Now that’s what I call a fine job!”

Ms. G. Jyothi, Warangal

“My mother needed a blood test, but was unable to walk due to pain in her leg. A Phlebotomist from Apollo Diagnostics came home and collected the sample. I was informed, via SMS, that the report could be collected from any of the 3 centres in Dibrugarh, downloaded online or even delivered home for a nominal fee. Although the rates were reasonable, my mother also received a senior citizens discount too! This saved my time, money & energy. My aachhe din really seemed to have arrived! Thank you Apollo Diagnostics and hats off for displaying true professionalism.”

Mr. Alokk Kar Dowerah, Dibrugarh

“Whenever I need to have a blood sample collected from home, I ask for Vasu. He is punctual, courteous and so skilled I hardly feel any pain when he draws the sample. Plus, I truly appreciate how quickly the reports are delivered. Thanks Apollo!”

Mr. Sukumar, Film director, Sriram Nagar, Hyderabad