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2. Running a Fever

This classic symptom of so many different kinds of illnesses also characterizes the onset of chikungunya. If someone feels they were bitten by a mosquito and all of a sudden they start to run a fever, they should be checked for chikungunya. This fever may reach as high as 104 F (40 C) and last for a couple of days. Most commonly, the fever commences within about a week or so of the mosquito bite. Even if the individual's illness follows this pattern, an accurate diagnosis is not so simple. If they live in an area where this disease is very rare, it increases the possibility of a wrong diagnosis. Its symptoms may easily get confused with malaria and other more familiar illnesses.

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