Sunday, January 24, 2010

Chikungunya - Deadly !

New Year started with a bang for me. Since the new year began, Chikungunya has sabotaged almost the entire family. I have heard about Chikungunya, in the past. But, this is the first time I was seeing people going through the pain. Chikungunya is caused by a virus that spreads through mosquitoes, which breed in clear water. Chikungunya shows up with very high fever, and stays for nearly 4 days. Doctors prescribe Paracetamol & some pain killer as the medication. You should be drinking lots of water during this period to keep yourself from getting dehydrated. This helps to bring down the body temperature.

Chikungunya just doesn't come & go - it leaves its mark. The residual or after effects of Chikungunya include:
  • Body/join pain and difficulty to walk/move around comfortably
  • Getting tired very fast
  • Head ache (actually, heaviness of head)
  • Rashes on the skin
  • Throwing up
I heard that it takes months (or even years) for people to completely recover. My little one recovered relatively faster than the adults in the family. My dad was affected the worst and he has to be hospitalized for a day.

I was astonished when the virus didn't strike me. I guess my body has better immunity. Thanks to my vegan diet! I become a stronger believer of vegetarianism & vegan diet, because of instances like this.

If you are interested to learn more about Chikungunya, you can visit this website

Also read:

Why am I a Vegan?
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