Rainy season[monsoon] is here and more and more patients are coming with fever. Many come with sudden rise in temperature, chills, and severe joint pains. As the fever subsides, in few days a itchy skin rash develops. In many, the joint pain and swellings last for weeks to months and sometime years. This is Chikungunya fever.
Chikungunya fever is an easy diagnosis for doctor working in an epidemic setting. After seeing a few patients and following them up it is difficult to miss, but it is a painful diagnosis for the patient. Some who had it last June are still suffering from joint pain and stiffness.
Today I saw about 8 acute chikungunya fever patients and a few chronic joint pain patients due to chikungunya.
More patients now are coming from within 2 kilometres of my clinic/home.
Hope I wont be the next victim.