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CHIKUNGUNYA

About the test
What is this test done for?
Chikungunya test is a blood test to detect the virus, viral nucleic acid, or virus-specific immunoglobulin (IgM) and neutralizing bodies to diagnose chikungunya.
Why is it Done?
The test is done to confirm the diagnosis of Chikungunya infection during monsoons especially.
When should it be performed?
Viral RNA can be identified within the first days of the infection. The symptoms which lead to suspicion of chikungunya are: fever, joint pain and head pain, muscle pain, swelling of joints or rashes.
How is it done
A blood sample will be collected from a vein in your arm. Fasting is not needed before collection of sample.
Results
  • Positive results of Chikungunya IgM test mean— suspicion of chikungunya
  • Negative results of Chikungunya IgM test mean— no chikungunya.
Other Tests
Commonly, CBC is performed to check for drop in platelet count, white blood cell count etc.
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