PREVENTIVE TIPS FOR CHIKUNGUNYA FEVER
Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans through infected mosquitoes carrying the virus . It causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash.
- The disease shares some clinical signs with dengue, and can be misdiagnosed in areas where dengue is common.
- There is no cure for the disease. Treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms.
- The proximity of mosquito breeding sites to human habitation is a significant risk factor for chikungunya.
Prevention and Control
- The proximity of mosquito vector breeding sites to human habitation is a significant risk factor for chikungunya
- Prevention and control relies on reducing the number of natural and artificial water-filled container habitats that support breeding of mosquitoes.
- During outbreaks, insecticides may be sprayed to kill flying mosquitoes, applied to surfaces in and around containers where the mosquitoes land, and used to treat water in containers to kill the immature larvae.
Protect Yourself from Mosquito Bites
- Use air conditioning or window/door screens to keep mosquitoes outside. If you are not able to protect yourself from mosquitoes inside your home or hotel, sleep under a mosquito bed net.
- Help reduce the number of mosquitoes outside your home or hotel room by emptying standing water from containers such as flowerpots or buckets.
• When weather permits, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.