Chikungunya virus

Tips For Travellers To Stay Safe from Chikungunya

Mosquitoes spread many types of viruses and parasites that cause diseases like Chikungunya, Dengue, Malaria, and Zika. You may ask your doctor about chikungunya virus and malaria prevention medicine. But must take care to avoid mosquito bites to stay safe from infection while travelling.

Infected mosquitoes transmit the Chikungunya virus to humans by, which have bitten a person carrying the Chikungunya virus. They often cause large outbreaks or epidemics in mosquito-infested areas. Chikungunya originated in East Africa, but outbreaks frequently occur in Africa, Asia and India as well as Pacific Ocean regions. Chikungunya was first identified in Africa in 1952 but caused large outbreaks in India during the 1960s and 1970s.

Discovery of Chikungunya Virus in Carribbean

In fact, they discovered Chikungunya in the Caribbean as latest as 2013. So people travelling from the Caribbean must be aware of the slightest hint of fever, joint pain and rash. If you detect any of these within 2 weeks of arrival, one should visit the doctor. Also, do not fail to mention your travels to the Chikungunya prone areas of Caribbean. Even if you travelled to parts of American Tropics (host to disease-spreading mosquitoes causing dengue, Chikungunya and Zika) and you start experiencing fever, joint, muscle or eye pain or a rash; you must straight away visit a doctor and say you have come from an infectious area.

If you are travelling anywhere out of India or even travelling within India for that matter, then you are at a risk of Chikungunya, Dengue, Zika and other such vector-borne diseases. For travels both in India and abroad, we will offer some tips that will help you stay safe.

Knowing your enemy is half the battle won. Chikungunya manifests itself with an acute onset of fever and joint as well as all over muscular pain.

When a female Aedes Egypti Mosquito with the chikungunya virus bites, Hands, legs and joints suffer debilitating symptoms in 3-7 days sometimes up to 12 days. Senior citizens with pre-existing (cardiovascular, diabetes, hypertension) ailments are most at risk.

Once you realize that the mosquito is your enemy, you can take steps to protect yourself. It is important to note that the same Aedes Egypti mosquito species transmit the Chikungunya and dengue viruses. They circulate in the same area. Chikungunya causes high fever, severe joint – muscular pain, rash, lymphopenia. Dengue ac lead to hemorrhage. Centers for disease control do blood testing and results take 4-14 days. The monsoons in Asia and tropical rainy seasons elsewhere aggravate these outbreaks. Hydration, plenty of rest and medicines (pain-relievers) such a paracetamol relieve fever and pain. Chikungunya has no vaccine. Do evaluation for dengue, malaria or bacterial infections for severe symptoms. Persistent joint and skeletal muscular pain in acute or chronic Chikungunya may require cartico-sterios or hospitalization in elderly patients.

Prevention of chikungunya is better than cure.

Know how to avoid mosquitoes to protect yourself and your family while travelling in various ways.

  1. The best way is to keep mosquitoes away. Choose a hotel that has mosquito screens or at best opt for air conditioning room. Ask for a mosquito net if there is no proper screening in the room.
  2. Cover up: Long sleeved, fully covered bodies are advisable. Not very thin clothing as mosquitoes might bite through. Some clothing is anti-mosquito treated and hence deemed safe.
  3. Carry/use a certified DEET repellent at all times. Some people prefer citronella, cedar, geranium or eucalyptus oil but these give less protection as they wear off sooner.
  4. Use repellents and follow the instruction before application but do not use them on infants (instead, cover them fully).

Enjoy your travel but more importantly stay safe

Call The Chikungunya Experts for KPB

Home remedies might be a good solution up to a certain extent but for better care of your family from symptoms of chikungunya, Hicare Anti-Chikungunya Anti-Dengue Service is recommended. Kill Protect Block Technology is a three-step Chikungunya mosquito control service that stops the mosquitoes from breeding in the first place while terminating the already present mosquitoes. Central Insecticide Board approves odorless and colorless Bayer Chemicals. They assure best results and safety for everyone including children, pets, and people with allergy.

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