Must Know Interesting Facts About Chikungunya
Post on 25,September 2016   5:00 PM
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DELHI: The disease was first was first detected  in Africa,1952 following an outbreak on the Makonde Plateau. It is a border area between Mozambique and Tanzania. The virus was isolated from the serum of a febrile patient from this area.

The name chikungunya is derived from the Makonde word meaning "that which bends up" in reference to the stooped posture developed as a result of the arthritic symptoms of the disease. In Swahili this means "the illness of the bended walker”. Makonde is the language spoken by the Makonde, an ethnic group in southeast Tanzania and northern Mozambique.

The virus is transmitted from human to human by the bites of infected female mosquitoes. Most commonly, the mosquitoes involved are Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, two species which can also transmit other mosquito-borne viruses, including dengue. These mosquitoes can be found biting throughout daylight hours, though there may be peaks of activity in the early morning and late afternoon. Both species are found biting outdoors, but Ae. aegypti will also readily feed indoors.

After the bite of an infected mosquito, onset of illness occurs usually between 4 and 8 days but can range from 2 to 12 days. For the very first time German Dr. John Wilhelm found this Mosquito in 1818. In recent decades Ae. albopictus has spread from Asia to become established in areas of Africa, Asia and Latin Americas.

Aedes aegypti is a Greek name which means 'Very Bad'. chikungunya mosquito has white pigmentation upon his body.

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