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Chikungunya Disease in Cameroon

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: If you're a moving to Cameroon or recently arrived, it's important to know about Chikungunya Disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. Chikungunya is sometimes misdiagnosed as Zika Virus. Unfortunately, many report long-term joint pain following the initial illness.

If you've recently moved to Cameroon or are planning to, it's essential to be aware of Chikungunya Disease, spread by mosquitoes. This illness is frequently confused with the Zika Virus, and many suffer from persistent joint pain after recovering from the initial symptoms.

Chikungunya virus is a mosquito-borne disease that has been a significant health concern in many parts of the world, including Cameroon. This article will delve into the specifics of the Chikungunya virus, its prevalence in Cameroon, and the measures that can be taken to prevent and manage the disease. It will also address some common questions about the virus, such as its contagiousness and its impact on different age groups and those with compromised immune systems.

What is Chikungunya Disease?

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. It is characterized by an abrupt onset of fever frequently accompanied by joint pain. Other common signs and symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue, and rash. The joint pain is often very debilitating and can last for weeks or months, and in some cases, years. Most patients recover fully, but in some cases, the joint pain may persist for several months, or even years. Occasional cases of eye, neurological and heart complications have been reported, as well as gastrointestinal complaints. Serious complications are not common, but in older people, the disease can contribute to the cause of death.

Where is Chikungunya Most Prevalent in Cameroon?

Chikungunya virus is prevalent in many parts of Cameroon, particularly in urban and semi-urban areas. The Far North region of Cameroon has been particularly affected, with outbreaks also reported in the North, Littoral, and Centre regions. The disease is more common during the rainy season when the population of mosquitoes is high.

How do Expats in Cameroon Prevent Mosquito Bites?

Preventing mosquito bites is the most effective way of avoiding Chikungunya virus. Expats in Cameroon can take several measures to protect themselves. These include using insect repellent, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and ensuring rooms are fitted with screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering. It's also advisable to sleep under mosquito nets, and to eliminate mosquito breeding sites around homes by removing standing water.

What if I get Chikungunya Virus in Cameroon?

If you get infected with the Chikungunya virus in Cameroon, it's important to seek medical attention immediately. While there's no specific antiviral drug treatment for Chikungunya, treatment is directed primarily at relieving the symptoms, including the joint pain using anti-pyretics, optimal analgesics, and fluids. Rest is also important. If you have recently visited a region where the virus is prevalent and begin to experience symptoms, it's crucial to inform your healthcare provider of your travel history.

Is Chikungunya Virus Contagious?

Chikungunya virus is not transmitted directly from person to person. The virus is spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a person already infected with the virus. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to other people through bites.

Is Chikungunya Virus More Dangerous for Children, the Elderly, or Immune-Compromised?

Chikungunya virus can affect individuals of all ages, but the disease tends to be more severe in infants, the elderly, and those with underlying health conditions. These individuals are more likely to experience severe symptoms and complications, such as persistent joint pain, eye, neurological, and heart complications. Therefore, it's particularly important for these high-risk groups to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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