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Facts About Mosquitoes and Chikungunya

Chikungunya has been known to cause havoc across the country in the recent years and it usually takes peak during the monsoon season. With this year’s monsoon hitting the Indian coast the risk of a chikungunya outbreak is very high. Keeping this in mind we bring you a list of some interesting facts about both chikungunya and mosquitoes to keep you both informed and entertained.

  1. Chikungunya is an alpha virus infection and has its origins in the ocean.

  2. It is also called an Arbovirus since is is carried by arthropods viz mosquitoes.

  3. Only the Aedes genus of mosquitoes i.e Aedes Aegypti and Aedes albopictus spread Chikungunya.

  4. Mortality rate in Chikungunya patients is as low as 1 in 1000 patients and is usually not fatal unless there is a serious underlying condition.

  5. The mosquitoes carrying Chikungunya usually bite at night unlike the dengue carrying mosquitoes that bite during the day.

  6. The Symptoms of Chikungunya are similar to those of dengue and can easily be misdiagnosed.

  7. Chikungunya does not spread directly from human to human. One has to be bitten by an infected mosquito to get infected.

  8. Chikungunya is however know to be vertically transferred from pregnant mother to child.

  9. Chikungunya doesn't not have a vaccine or treatment.

  10. Aspirin should not be used to relieve symptoms of chikungunya.

  11. Severe and long lasting joint pains are a signature symptom of Chikungunya and can last months to years after there infection has cleared up.

  12. The infection usually clears up in one to two weeks time but the joint pains can last much longer.

  13. Chikungunya literally means”that which bends up” in the makunde language.

  14. Treatment for chikungunya is symptomatic. Medicine is given to provide relief from symptoms.

  15. The only way to prevent chikungunya is to avoid mosquito bites.

  16. It is only the female mosquitoes that bite humans and that too only when they are trying to lay eggs. Male mosquitoes feed on nectar from plants and so do the females for most of their lives.

  17. Mosquitoes are bad fliers and cause more deaths than any other animal on earth.

  18. The female mosquito can hold upto three times its weight of blood in its abdomen.

  19. Mosquitoes can beat their wings 450 to 600 times per second and are still one of the slowest flying insects.

  20. Mosquitoes are more likely to bite people with O type blood than other blood type

  21. Mosquitoes can detect CO2 from 100 feet away and so are attracted to heavy breathers.

  22. Female mosquitoes have almost double the lifespan than the average male mosquito.

  23. Fans are the best mosquito repellents since they are bad fliers and cant steady themselves or manoeuvre themselves well when flying against the direction of the blowing fan.

  24. Mosquito is a Spanish word meaning “little fly”.

  25. There are more than 3000 species of mosquitoes of which some completely avoid biting humans and prefer animals and birds instead.

  26. Chikungnya outbreaks are more likely to happen in places with warm and humid climates like Africa and Asia.

  27. India with its template climate is the perfect breeding ground for a chikungnya outbreak unless adequate mosquito control measures are in place.

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