Chikungunya, the viral disease transmitted by mosquito bites, can be painful and debilitating
With the current Chikungunya outbreak in Rome, Italian health authorities have stopped half of the citizens in the capital from donating blood, in order to limit the spreading of the painful disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes.
Due to 17 people in Rome being recently diagnosed with the virus, the local health officials have immediately suspended blood donations until the situation will be controlled. The decision came as an attempt to prevent further transmissions.
The temporary halt addresses 1.2 million locals and is valid for 28 days.
Chikungunya is a viral disease that debuts with high fever, sever pain in the joint and muscles, persistent headaches, fatigue, nausea and skin rashes. The symptoms usually disappear after seven days. The illness is not lethal, but there is no vaccine and the symptoms can be quite painful and debilitating. The treatment aims to ameliorate the symptoms.
The disease is spread by the Tiger Mosquito, originating from the tropical area of the world, as it is specific for Africa, Asia, India and parts of America. Nevertheless, since 2007, the disease registered its first outbreak in Italy, after the migration of the mosquitoes inside the country.