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Are Any Special Tests To See If I Have Chikungunya After My Recent Trip
3 main lab tests: Virus isolation (the most definitive, but results may take 1-2 wks), recently reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction has been developed (results within 1-2 days), & elisa serological tests requiring both an acute phase serum & convalescent phase serum 10-14 d after ds onset. Instructions for sending diagnostic specimens to cdc’s arbovirus diagnostic lab: —>see comment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily: You may though. You need to start hydrated. And make sure a healthcare provider is monitoring you. ...Read more
Of all the related conditions, is chikungunya one of the better or worse ones to have, in terms of effects on health and well-being?
Prevention too!: Since there is no cure once getting this viral infection, it's best to prevent transmission by the mosquito. In zones where it already exists (endemic) , eliminating stagnant water in your property helps. If you are going to an endemic area of the world, it is recommended that you use DEET with a minimum 35% as repellant, wear/use protective bed netting, and avoid the outdoors at dawn or dusk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Agree and...: Like dengue it is carried by a day biting mosquito & has many same symptoms if a patient becomes ill: fever, shaking chills, rash, headache, nausea, muscle pain & extreme fatigue. Unlike dengue, severe joint pain can set in for much longer--up to a year and be debilitating. Unlike dengue, young recover quickly & middle age take up to 3 months to get well in some cases. Arthritis can be disabling. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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