6 Foods to Prevent and Treat Chikungunya Fever

Chikungunya mosquito

What is Chikungunya?

Chikungunya is a virus transmitted to the people by Aedes mosquitoes. It causes severe fever and Joint pain. This is not a contagious disease. Chikungunya is not a fatal disease.

The virus is spread to another person with the blood contact of an infected individual.

In most of the cases, this type of transmission of a virus from an infected person to another person is done by the mosquitoes.

Causes of Chikungunya

Chikungunya is caused by the bite of an infected female Aedes species mosquito – Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus. It is spread to another person via blood contact.

Typically, the risk of getting bitten by these mosquitos are happening in the day time.

Symptoms of Chikungunya fever

These symptoms will occur in 3 to 7 days

Diagnosis

The diagnosis is based on symptoms and confirmed with a blood test.

Foods to Treat Chikungunya fever

  1. Vitamin- C rich foods
  2. Coconut Water
  3. Foods rich in Omega-3 acids
  4. Leafy Vegetables
  5. Apple
  6. Vitamin-E rich foods

Chikungunya Prevention

  • Minimize the skin exposure at daytime
  • Use of Skin repellents
  • Don’t let water accumulation on surroundings
  • Keep your toilets and surroundings clean
  • Use of natural repellents like marigold and lemongrass
  • Use smokeless mosquito coils

 

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