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What you need to know: Update on Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika

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What you need to know: Update on Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika

What is chikungunya? Chikungunya is a disease caused by a virus spread through daytime mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of chikungunya are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash. Chikungunya disease rarely results in death, but the symptoms can be severe and disabling. Most people who get sick feel better within a week. In some people, the joint pain may last for months or years. There is no vaccine. You need to prevent this illness by applying a DEET or picaridin insect repellent to your exposed skin during the day. The...

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You should worry more about this disease than Zika

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You should worry more about this disease than Zika

Like the Zika virus, chikungunya fever is caused by a virus transmitted by daytime-biting mosquitoes. There is no vaccine. The only prevention is insect-bite protection. If you are going to a country with Zika virus, and you're not pregnant, and especially have a young family, you should be much more worried about this disease! Chikungunya fever is a rapid-onset disease, characterized by high fever, intense weakness, severe joint and muscle pain, headache, and rash. The abrupt onset of fever follows a mean incubation period of 3 days; when fever is present, the body temperature is usually higher than 39°C Soon after the onset of...

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CDC says the Zika virus linked to more birth defects and is coming farther north.

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CDC says the Zika virus linked to more birth defects and is coming farther north.

The CDC is now saying that the Zika virus has been linked to a broader array of birth defects throughout a longer period of pregnancy, including premature birth and blindness in addition to the smaller brain size caused by microcephaly. The potential geographic range of the mosquitoes transmitting the virus also reaches farther northward, with the Aedes aegypti species present in all or part of 30 states, not just 12. And it can be spread sexually, causing the CDC to update its guidance to couples. How to prevent Zika virus infection.

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