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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.

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