New Delhi: ‘Chikungunya’ cases are on the rise in the national capital. The number of chikungunya patients in a fortnight increased from 20 to 1158.

What is clear is if proper measures are not taken it is possible the disease will overtake dengue — the widespread monsoon ailment of Delhi.

Some of the symptoms of the two diseases are fever, muscle pain, rashes and headache as well as joint pain. The joint pain may last for a few days or a few weeks or even months.

 

Here are some facts that if followed might help in bringing down the number of chikungunya cases:

1. Use mosquito repellents to avoid mosquito bites.

2. If you have AC at home make sure you use them at a lower temperature as the mosquitoes go in hiding in cold temperatures.

3. Do not leave open water spaces unattended in and around the house as the Aede mosquitoes breed in dark places.

4. Wear full sleeves clothing and long pants with shoes and socks to avoid mosquito bites.

5. Use mosquito screens on your doors and windows.

6. Make use of insect repellents such as mosquito coil or other sprays to avoid any chances of being bitten by mosquitoes.

7. Not all patients need to be hospitalised as the treatment can be safely carried out at home.

8. Once a person is diagnosed with the disease regular intake of medicines and resting properly help.

9. The incubation period of the disease is 3 to 7 days, and the disease is often misdiagnosed with dengue.

10. Do not try taking medication on your own. It is best to take medical advice if symptoms appear. Self-prescription may prove fatal.