CHIKUN­GUNYA

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“An­other ill­ness that causes flu-like symp­toms, chikun­gunya is picked up in ur­ban ar­eas dur­ing the hot or wet sea­sons,” ex­plains Dr Mor­eira. “In some peo­ple it can cause arthri­tis-like symp­toms, which can last years af­ter in­fec­tion.” As with so many other mos­quito-borne dis­eases, there’s no pre­ven­ta­tive vac­cine for chikun­gunya and no treat­ment, so avoid­ing be­ing bit­ten in the first place is your best line of de­fence.

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