Chikungunya is an infection caused by a virus that you can get from a mosquito bite.
Infected Aedes mosquitoes can pass the virus to you when they bite you. Aedes mosquitoes have been found in the Caribbean, Africa, Southern Europe, and Southeast Asia. This kind of mosquito tends to bite during daytime.
Symptoms usually start 3 to 7 days after you are bitten by an infected mosquito. Symptoms may include:
Your healthcare provider will ask about your child's symptoms and medical history and examine your child. Your child may have blood tests:
Symptoms usually last a few days to a few weeks, but your child may feel tired for several weeks.
There is no medicine that cures chikungunya. In most cases you can care for your child at home.
If the infection is serious, your child may need to stay at the hospital. At the hospital, your child may be given IV fluids, pain relievers, or other treatments. Your child is more at risk for a serious infection if he has diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or other medical problems.
Follow the full course of treatment prescribed by your healthcare provider. In addition:
Ask your provider:
Make sure you know when your child should come back for a checkup. Keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.
Take these precautions to avoid mosquito bites:
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