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Sign warning of Dengue Fever, but Chikungunya symptoms are very similar

Sign warning of Dengue Fever, but Chikungunya symptoms are very similar

 

Get The Best Deal When Booking Hotels In Southeast Asia

I have lived in Thailand since 2003 and book hotels in Thailand and the Southeast Asia region at least six times a year.

Every time I book a hotel I spend lots of time researching prices to make sure that I get the best room rate. I look at several on-line booking sites and if the hotel has a web site (many do) I check the direct rates.

Nonetheless, I always find that I end up booking with the same company. Agoda. Getting the room I need with the extras I need for the dates I need is always cheapest with Agoda.

Agoda isn't perfect. I don't like the 'Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO)' psychology with the web site design, for example, always being told that lots of other people are looking at the same hotel and that there is only ever one room left. However, this seems to be a general industry tactic that is used by all on-line travel agents.

When I have needed to contact the Agoda customer assistance staff I have always had my problems resolved and generally the booking process is very straightforward.

Most importantly, I always find that Agoda offers the best rates (even when they add on tax and a service charge) and on many occasions the difference hasn't been insignificant. There have been some huge differences with room rates when compared with other websites and even when booking directly with hotels.

Don't just take my word for it. Give them a try, you might be surprised.

Chikungunya | Symptoms, Treatment, Vaccines

 

What is Chikungunya?

During my first 15 years of living in Thailand I never heard anyone mention this disease. The first time was in 2018 when I heard that a young girl who lives in my neighborhood had contracted it. Apparently, it is now a problem in Songkhla province, where I live.

Chikungunya is yet another mosquito-borne virus carried, I believe, by the same mosquitoes that carry Dengue fever and the symptoms are very similar to Dengue fever.

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What Are The Symptoms?

Chikungunya, like Dengue fever, causes flu-like systems including fever, headache, muscle and joint pain. It can also cause headache, nausea, fatigue and sufferers may develop a rash.

After infection, symptoms will begin to develop between 2-12 days, most commonly between 4-8 days.

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How Is It Contracted?

It is contracted from the bite of infected female mosquitoes. Chikungunya is transmitted by the same species of mosquito that transmit Dengue fever - Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. These particular types of mosquito have black and white stripes on their body and legs and are noticeably different in appearance to regular mosquitoes. Thais refer to these types of mosquito as 'yuung laay', which basically translates as 'stripy mosquito'.

Whereas regular mosquitoes are active from dusk to dawn, stripy mosquitoes are active during the daytime. I often find myself under attack when gardening or working outside. They are also quite aggressive and will chase their targets.

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Who Is At Most Risk?

Anyone who lives or visits a country in which Chikungunya is present is at risk, but the disease can be particularly dangerous when young children are infected.

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Where Are You At Risk?

Chikungunya is present in Africa, Asia and the Indian subcontinent.

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Vaccination

There is no commercial vaccine for Chikungunya.

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Treatment

You should see a doctor and a blood test will be required to ascertain exactly what virus you have contracted.

There is no specific treatment for Chikungunya. Drugs may be administered to ease symptoms, for example joint pain, muscle pain and headaches.

Apart from that, patients should just rest, take care of their health, and avoid further mosquito bites.

In tropical countries mosquitoes transmit lots of nasty diseases for which there are neither vaccines or treatments. The best possible thing you can do is try to prevent mosquito bites.

Be aware that mosquitoes that transmit nasty diseases are active during the day time, so don't think that there will only be a problem from dusk to dawn.

Cover your skin, apply an effective mosquito repellent and be aware of your surroundings. If I find myself in a place where there are lots of mosquitoes I leave quite quickly. In Thailand I see lots of foreign tourists covered in mosquito bites because they obviously haven't taken any precautions.

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Source Of information

GlaxoSmithKline, Wikipedia, local doctors, local hospitals, newspaper articles, various.

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Visit Thailand

Thailand is an incredibly photogenic country, both for its landscapes and its people. Regardless of whether you enjoy large Asian cities, beaches and islands, or rice fields and mountains, Thailand has something for you and it is a dream destination for photographers.

One of the great things about visiting Thailand is that hotels are plentiful and a lot cheaper than in most other countries. Each link on the right will take you to the relevant page on the Agoda website where you can see photos, read reviews, and book on-line. I use Agoda to book all of my own hotels in Thailand and the Southeast Asia region. Agoda hotel rates are usually always the lowest and I have received good customer service, therefore I am happy to recommend the company to other people. Here is some analysis I did regarding booking hotels in Southeast Asia.

Booking.com used to be more expensive than Agoda, but when I have checked hotel prices recently I have found their rates to be quite competitive. Unlike Agoda, you don't need to pay at the time of booking with Booking.com - you can simply pay at the hotel when you check in. Also, Booking.com show you total prices whereas Agoda show you a price and then add on 17% for tax and service charge.

If you wish to compare prices between different on-line travel agents (OTAs) for a specific hotel, you can use a company such as HotelsCombined.

Images of Thailand

Images of Thailand