The Department of Health (DOH) reported the highest number of cases this year of the Chikungunya Fever at the Western Visayas. There are 175 residents being affected by the said fever.
Chikungunya fever caused by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (image from gmanews.tv)
But what really is a Chikungunya Fever?
According to the World Health Association, Chikungunya fever is a viral illness that is being spread thru the bites of infected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. The fever typically lasts from five to seven days and frequently causes severe and often incapacitating joint pain which sometimes persists for much longer periods. It is rarely life-threatening. There is no specific treatment for the disease but analgesics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication may be used to reduce the pain and swelling. Aspirin should be avoided.
WHO recommended techniques to avoid Chikungunya Fever:
- wear clothes that cover as much skin as possible;
- use mosquito repellents on exposed skin and on clothing in accordance with label instructions;
- use mosquito nets to protect babies, older and sick people and others who rest during the day. The effectiveness of mosquito nets can be improved by treating them with WHO-recommended insecticides.
- use mosquito coils and insecticide vaporizers during the daytime.