Question: What is Chikungunya,
which is very prevalent in southern parts of India. Please let me
know the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. Ron
Answer: Dear Ron,
Chikungunya is a viral fever known
for its symptoms of high fever, nausea, vomiting, rash, arthritis
of certain joints, hemorrhaging, ulcers, pigmentation changes (freckles).
This virus is spread by mosquitos
that are infected. There is no specific cure for Chikungunya. This
illness resolves itself with time and the only treatment available
is focused on providing relief for the existing symptoms.