There is no treatment for chikungunya. Most patients feel better within a week. In some cases, patients experienced persistent joint pain for several months.Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections. Although death from chikungunya is rare, those most at risk include the elderly, newborns, people with compromised immune systems, high blood pressure, diabetes and/or heart disease.
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If you have recently traveled to affected areas and believe you might have chikungunya, contact your health care provider immediately, especially if you have a fever. You should also notify the Health Department at 209-8190.
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