There are many ways to diagnose the chikungunya virus infection. However, it would be best if you had serological tests, such as enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA), which help you confirm the presence of IgG and IgM anti-chikungunya antibodies. IgM antibody levels are highest 4 to 5 weeks after the onset of illness and stay active for about two months. The virus can be directly detected in the blood during the first week of infection. Thus, we recommend that the samples collected during the first week of illness be tested in both ways, virological and serological methods [incredibly reverse transaction—polymerase chain reaction (RT—PCR)]. Different RT-PCR methods are available. They are variable sensitivity. Some are good for clinical diagnostics. RT—PCR products from clinical samples may also be used for genotyping of the virus, allowing comparisons. Chikungunya virus infection mainly affects patients with an acute onset of fever and polyarthralgia, and it widely affects the travelers who have been traveling in the areas with virus transmission. We at Self-Test Diagnostics test your blood plasma or serum to detect viruses, neutralizing antibodies, viral nucleic acid, or virus-specific immunoglobulin (Ig) M. The viral culture may detect the virus in the first three days of illness. However, we recommend handling the chikungunya virus under biosafety level (BSL) 3 conditions. While in the first eight days of illness, chikungunya viral RNA can be detected with a serum test. The antibodies for the chikungunya virus are usually developed after one week of being affected by the illness. We need the negative test report in the acute phase to prove that someone is not affected by Chikungunya.
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The symptoms only show after 3 to 7 days of an infected mosquito biting the human. The first most common symptoms are joint pain and fever. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, rash, or joint swelling. A case of death by chikungunya is rare.
Chikungunya is a viral disease that can only be passed to humans by infected mosquitoes. The disease happens due to the chikungunya virus (CHIKV). The virus cannot be transferred from person to person. However, when an infected mosquito feeds off a human body, the virus starts circulating through the bloodstream.
Chikungunya is pronounced as “chicken-GUN-yay” in English. It is an infection caused by the CHIKV virus. It is capable of causing joint pains that can last for weeks, months, or sometimes even years. However, according to the official statistics, only 1 in every 1000 people die due to chikungunya.