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Chikungunya : Symptoms, Diagnosis, & Treatment

Symptoms Most people infected with chikungunya virus will develop some symptoms. Symptoms usually begin 3–7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. The most common symptoms are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash. Chikungunya disease does not often result in death, but the symptoms can […]

Prevention from Chikungunya

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No vaccine exists to prevent chikungunya virus infection or disease. Prevent chikungunya virus infection by avoiding mosquito bites (see below). The mosquitoes that spread the chikungunya virus bite during the day and at night. Protect Yourself from Mosquito Bites Use air conditioning or window/door screens to keep mosquitoes outside. If you are not able to […]

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Chikungunya Virus

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Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. It causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Joint pain is often debilitating and can vary in duration. Chikungunya (pronunciation: chik-en-gun-ye) virus is transmitted to people by mosquitoes. The most common symptoms of chikungunya virus […]

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India hospital transfusions infect thousands with HIV

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At least 2,234 Indians have contracted HIV while receiving blood transfusions in hospitals in the past 17 months alone. The information was revealed by the country’s National Aids Control Organisation (Naco) in response to a petition filed by information activist Chetan Kothari. Khothari told the BBC that he was ‘shocked’ by the revelation. India has […]

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Zika virus linked to babies’ eye problems

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A team of ophthalmologists has found previously unreported eye problems in infants born to mothers who showed signs of Zika virus infection during pregnancy. The researchers from Brazil and Stanford University observed unreported eye problems like retinal lesions, haemorrhaging and abnormal blood vessel development in three Brazilian infants with microcephaly — a birth defect marked […]

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Thailand eliminates mother-to-child transmission of HIV

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Thailand on Tuesday (June 7) received validation from WHO for having eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, becoming the first country in Asia and the Pacific region and also the first with a large HIV epidemic to ensure an AIDS-free generation. Thai health minister was presented with the certificate of validation during a ceremony […]

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80% young in danger of online sexual abuse: UNICEF

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Eight out of 10 eighteen-year-olds believe young people are in danger of being sexually abused or taken advantage of online. Besides, more than five out of 10 think friends participate in risky behaviours while using the internet. A new UNICEF study, ‘Perils and Possibilities: Growing up online’, is based on an international opinion poll of […]

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Zika virus risk higher than first thought

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The mosquito-borne Zika virus may be even more dangerous than previously thought. Quoting scientists in Brazil, BBC reports that Zika could be behind more damaging neurological conditions, affecting the babies of up to a fifth of infected pregnant women. Rates of increase in Zika infection in some parts of Brazil have slowed, thanks to better […]

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2.2 billion people in ‘at risk’ Zika areas

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More than two billion people live in parts of the world where the Zika virus can spread, detailed maps published in the journal eLife show. The Zika virus, which is spread by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, triggered a global health emergency this year. Last week the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that the […]

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Zika virus scarier than thought

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The Zika virus is “scarier” than first thought and its impact on the US could be greater than predicted. Quoting US public health officials, the BBC reports the matter. Dr Anne Schuchat of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a wider range of birth defects has been linked to the virus. And […]

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