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The burden of chikungunya disease

Slager, J (2015) The burden of chikungunya disease. Bachelor's Thesis, Biology.

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Chikungunya is a virus transmitted mainly by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Outbreaks have been witnessed in Africa and Asia, but the Caribbean now also faces the threat of the virus, with epidemics already being reported. Chikungunya consists of an acute and a chronic phase. The acute phase lasts 7-10 days, with fever joint pain and rash being the main symptoms. The chronic phase consists of (poly) arthralgia in most cases. Patients have indicated that their quality of life Is significantly worse prior to infection, mainly due to arthralgia and arthritis. Depressions and demoralization are common in chronic CHIK patients. This review gives further insight in the need of a standard treatment guideline and provides data about epidemics in the past, which can be used to improve the reaction to new upcoming CHIK epidemics.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 08:04
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 08:04

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