In KARACHI Chikungunya has been a new fever alert in the city with scores of patients being admitted to different local hospitals almost every day.This viral disease is not deadly but as per the Aga Khan University Hospital Pakistan (AKUH), its symptoms can be severe and disabling.Below there is a brief detail of the disease and its symptoms, if found in a patient, he or she must immediately consult a physician.
WHAT IS CHIKUNGUNYA?
Chikungunya is a viral disease which is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes that bite aggressively during the day. It does not cause death, but the symptoms can be severe and disabling.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
- Joint pain
- A headache
- Muscle pain
- Joint swelling
WHO To BE INFECTED?
1.Adults (>65 years)
2.Newborns infected around the time of birth
3.People with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, blood pressure etc.