Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Is it Chikungunya?

I can't help it and I just had to google 'Chikungunya'.

Din has been warded at the Medical Centre for a couple of days now and they still couldn't figure out what is wrong with him. I went to see him again yesterday and he was so weak.

Name it, from TB to HIV, and X-rays and Scan, every single test came out negative.

The doctor said, Din was given all the medication necessary.
But he still has high fever on and off again.

Din asked the doctor if it is Chikungunya. The doctor said no.

And people are talking about Chikungunya.

So I googled and got the following and Din has the symptoms in red:

The incubation period of Chikungunya disease is from two to four days. Symptoms of the disease include fever, a petechial or maculopapular rash of the trunk and occasionally the limbs, and arthralgia or arthritis affecting multiple joints. Other nonspecific symptoms can include headache, conjunctival infection, and slight photophobia. Typically, the fever lasts for two days and then ends abruptly. However, other symptoms, namely joint pain, intense headache, insomnia and an extreme degree of prostration last for a variable period; usually for about 5 to 7 days. Patients have complained of joint pains for much longer time periods depending on their age. Three months after the viral infection, patients were still suffering from severe joint pain in the morning, dyspepsia, relapsing fever, swelling in the joints. Doctors should also be alert for platelet count abnormalities suggestive of Dengue or Falci. Chikungunya virus is indigenous to tropical Africa and Asia, where it is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected mosquitoes, usually of the genus Aedes.

I hope Din will hang on and fight it.