What Are the Precautions to Take to Prevent Chikungunya?

mosquito-2What makes Chikungunya special is that there are no known medicines to cure it (at least in the English medicine system). As a first defense, you will always hear people speak of Chikungunya precautions; and if someone gets affected, complete bed-rest is the only cure.

But before we dive into the various ways to prevent Chikungunya, let me tell you how I came across this terrifying phenomenon.

We have lots of mosquitoes in and around the house making us forget about the pets we never had. Mosquitoes really don’t unhygienic environment to live and breed. Our area is neat and there are no waters or clogged drainages. Somehow, they manage to breed comfortably in this tropical climate. When I landed in my native town, that night I saw my father with a yellow coloured but small tennis racquet. I found that funny when I saw him swaying it in a new fashion. Then my mother explained it to me that it was a mosquito bat which could burn mosquitoes if they came into contact with the racquet. How's that for an invention for prevention of Chikungunya?!

In 2007, a plague named Chikungunya ravaged and ransacked the innocent green streets of Kerala killing around 200 people. The name and the disease was unknown to many and only very few of the Keralites knew of the viral fever detected in 1955 in Africa. Chikungunya, we read apprehensively is caused by an alphavirus and is spread by the bite of Aedes and Culex mosquitoes. Well, we did not know about the alphavirus nor could we recognise the Aedes and Culex mosquitoes. And this did not make things any easier. Whoever had fever in the rainy season was worried and doctors provided information on the symptoms of Chikungunya.

  • Chikungunya will have high fever and chills
  • Joint pain with or without swelling (arthritis or arthralgia), especially in the knee, ankle and wrists
  • Headache and low back pain
  • Rashes
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Mild hemorrhaging may be present in children

The symptoms are like dengue fever without its hemorrhagic or shock syndrome form. They may last for a few weeks causing discomfort and concern. It is relatively non-fatal and is not transmitted from one human to another and there are no vaccines! But just imagine: All this can be avoided using simple precautionary measures!

Precautions and care to prevent Chikungunya

Chikungunya terrorizes India and the Indian ocean islands, especially during the rainy season. You may take extra caution to keep the Chikungunya virus away as you travel in the infected area. Always remember: Preventing Chikungunya is much, much easier than curing it.


  • Wear long sleeved shirts and long pants to keep the mosquitoes at bay. Try to use mosquito nets at home as you sleep in the night. As you go out in the day time be careful to keep yourself protected with an insect repellent. Keep one handy for reapplication.
  • Keep the area clean! Do not let the water remain stagnant for anybody to come and breed and destroy your precious lives. If you let containers remain outside to collect rain water and forget them they may accommodate a few eggs too. Overturn them in your yard or close them with a lid.
  • Foreign adults can use insect repellent with a minimum concentration of 30% DEET. This might be uncommon in Asia but as a traveler you may choose the local ones available. Consult your doctor for the recommendations for children.
  • Wear light colored clothing that covers most of the body. Wear cool cotton in India!

Additional Reading

Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment of Chikungunya

Ayurvedic Treatment and Home Remedies for Chikungunya

All Natural Products for Boosting Immunity

Get your regular dose of Ayurveda!

If you enjoyed this article, our Ayurveda newsletter will do wonders for you. Subscribe now and never miss an important piece of natural wisdom!

19 thoughts on “What Are the Precautions to Take to Prevent Chikungunya?

  • June 24, 2012 at 2:34 am

    Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is an extremely well written article. I will make sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of your useful info. Thanks for the post. I will definitely return.

  • Pingback: fleshlight

  • Pingback: colon cleanse clinic san diego

  • February 9, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    I just want to tell you that I am newbie to blogging and truly enjoyed this web site. Very likely I’m likely to bookmark your blog . You absolutely come with great articles and reviews. With thanks for revealing your web-site.

  • February 10, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Her use of the intelligence “fleshlight” led brought
    it. Kevin Bishop, a 44-year-old Gramps with 64 arrests on his disk, was collared the vital Valuation of
    the wife of bath.

  • February 12, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I am constantly signing in and out of my college website and it is rather annoying to always have to type in my user id. It used to be saved, but then I updated Firefox and it won’t save.. . If anyone could explain to make Firefox remember that would be great. Thanks..

  • February 12, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    What are some extensions known to slowdown firefox browser?. . Which one can make firefox the more slower?. . Can you tell me some of them?.

  • Pingback: online business

  • February 13, 2013 at 4:45 am

    Wow, what a quality it is! For the reason that mostly YouTube videos have no fastidious feature, but this is genuinely a nice quality video.

  • February 13, 2013 at 5:22 am

    extremely beneficial stuff, overall I imagine this is worthy of a bookmark, cheers

  • February 13, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Wonderful site. A lot of useful info here. I’m sending it to some pals ans additionally sharing in delicious. And obviously, thanks on your effort!

  • February 13, 2013 at 8:57 am

    I have got one suggestion for your web page. It seems like right now there are a couple of cascading stylesheet issues when opening a number of web pages in google chrome and internet explorer. It is functioning alright in internet explorer. Probably you can double check this.

  • February 13, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I have got 1 recommendation for your weblog. It appears like at this time there are a few cascading stylesheet issues when opening a number of webpages within google chrome as well as safari. It is functioning fine in internet explorer. Perhaps you can double check that.

  • February 13, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Have you considered including several social bookmarking links to these blogs. At the very least for twitter.

  • Pingback: Jazz

  • February 13, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    The new Zune browser is surprisingly good, but not as good as the iPod’s. It works well, but isn’t as fast as Safari, and has a clunkier interface. If you occasionally plan on using the web browser that’s not an issue, but if you’re planning to browse the web alot from your PMP then the iPod’s larger screen and better browser may be important.

  • February 14, 2013 at 1:24 am

    With the whole thing that appears to be developing inside this specific area, many of your viewpoints are generally fairly exciting. Nevertheless, I appologize, because I can not subscribe to your whole theory, all be it exhilarating none the less. It seems to everybody that your opinions are not totally validated and in simple fact you are yourself not totally confident of the assertion. In any case I did appreciate reading through it.

  • Pingback: Attrezzi Vintage

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Wait ! Before you go, download your Free 52-page Health ToolKit of Home Remedies !

All remedies are tried, tested, and guaranteed ! 
1. Easy-to-follow Remedies for all common problems
2. Know The Power of Common Vegetables & Fruits
3. Build Immunity for the whole Family !