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Chikungunya

Facts

 Chikungunya means to become controlled and describes the stooped appearance of sufferers with severe joint pain

Vector- Bite from an infected mosquito (Aedes aegypti and Aedes aibopictus)
103 countries-  considered ‘at risk’ of Chikungunya
Symptoms- Abrupt onset of high fever, joint pain (usually involving multiple joints and typically bilateral and symmetric), muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash.
Severe case: Uncommon. In some cases joint pain can deliberating and persist for several months, or even years
As there are no vaccines available in Canada, basic precautions should be taken:
•    Take preventative measures when mosquitoes are most active (during daylight hours)
•    Use a recommend insect repellent containing either Icaridin (20%) or DEET.
•    Wear appropriate clothing (e.g. long sleeved shirt, long pants)
•    Use physical barriers, such as bed nets and windiw screens.

 

 

 

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