The word “chikungunya” infers “to walk bent”. The first outbreak of the disease Chikungunya was reported in countries of Africa, Asia, Europe and Islands in the Indian and the Pacific Ocean. The disease was first reported in 2013 in the Islands of the Caribbean.
Since then, more than 1.7million cases were reported suspecting Chikungunya in Latin America, the Caribbean Islands, and the United States. Canada and Mexico likewise have announced instances of infection.
Chikungunya is a viral illness that is spread through the bite of female mosquitoes “Aedes albopictus” which leads to sudden onset of fever associated with severe joint pain. The symptoms usually appear within 2-7days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. There is no effective antiviral treatment that exists for this disease till date. However, very rare cases have been reported to be life-threatening. The disease can be treated by aiming to relive the presenting complaints with rest, fluid, and medications.
Incidence of Chikungunya reported in different countries according to the latest statistics
The chikungunya virus is affected to humans by the bite of an infected female Aedes species mosquito – Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus.
The virus causes a fever that lasts for less days and a joint pain that stays for weeks or months.
The symptoms include:
Fever (sometimes up to 104 °F)
Rashes over the body
Swelling around the joints
Rarely symptoms like conjunctivitis, nausea, vomiting.
As such there is not special diet recommendation for Chikungunya.
• Have plenty of fluids including water, soups and fresh juices.
• Follow less of a light, nutritious diet in oils and spices. The goal is to ease digestion as much as possible, so that the body can assimilate maximum food and be directed towards improving the body.