Chikungunya

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Chikungunya

Chikungunya is a viral disease spread to people through the bites of infected female mosquitoes. The onset of this disease usually presents itself between four and eight days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. The first sign of infection is a fever, typically with debilitating joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue, and rash. Generally most people make a complete recovery, but in some cases, there may be persistent joint pain that can last for several months or even years. Additional complications may occur, including eye, neurological, and heart complications. Those with only mild symptoms may go undiagnosed, or may be misdiagnosed, especially in areas where dengue fever or other mosquito borne illnesses occur, as the same mosquito species transmit these diseases. Currently, there is no cure for the disease, and the main focus in on treatment and alleviation of symptoms. Chikungunya has been identified in about 40 countries, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Chikungunya" returned 348 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Chikungunya virus in the Americas--what a vectorborne pathogen can do.
 

Author(s): J Erin Staples, Marc Fischer

Journal: N. Engl. J. Med.. 2014 Sep;371(10):887-9.

 

Last Updated: 4 Sep 2014

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Chikungunya at the door--déjà vu all over again?
 

Author(s): David M Morens, Anthony S Fauci

Journal: N. Engl. J. Med.. 2014 Sep;371(10):885-7.

 

Last Updated: 4 Sep 2014

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Notes from the field: chikungunya virus spreads in the Americas - Caribbean and South America, 2013-2014.
 

Author(s): Marc Fischer, J Erin Staples,

Journal: MMWR Morb. Mortal. Wkly. Rep.. 2014 Jun;63(22):500-1.

 

In December 2013, the World Health Organization reported the first local transmission of chikungunya virus in the Western Hemisphere, with autochthonous cases identified in Saint Martin. Since then, local transmission has been identified in 17 countries or territories in the Caribbean ...

Last Updated: 6 Jun 2014

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The terms "Chikungunya" returned 21 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Approaches to the treatment of disease induced by chikungunya virus.
 

Author(s): Jayaram Bettadapura, Lara J Herrero, Adam Taylor, Suresh Mahalingam

Journal: Indian J. Med. Res.. 2013 Nov;138(5):762-5.

 

Chikungunya virus, a re-emerging mosquito-borne alphavirus, causes fever, rash and persistent arthralgia/arthritis in humans. Severe outbreaks have occurred resulting in infections of millions of people in Southeast Asia and Africa. Currently there are no antiviral drugs or vaccines ...

Last Updated: 17 Jan 2014

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The role of environmental variables on Aedes albopictus biology and chikungunya epidemiology.
 

Author(s): Joanna Waldock, Nastassya L Chandra, Jos Lelieveld, Yiannis Proestos, Edwin Michael, George Christophides, Paul E Parham

Journal: Pathog Glob Health. 2013 Jul;107(5):224-41.

 

Aedes albopictus is a vector of dengue and chikungunya viruses in the field, along with around 24 additional arboviruses under laboratory conditions. As an invasive mosquito species, Ae. albopictus has been expanding in geographical range over the past 20 years, although the poleward ...

Last Updated: 6 Aug 2013

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Chikungunya virus infection: an overview.
 

Author(s): Claudia Caglioti, Eleonora Lalle, Concetta Castilletti, Fabrizio Carletti, Maria Rosaria Capobianchi, Licia Bordi

Journal: New Microbiol.. 2013 Jul;36(3):211-27.

 

Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a mosquito-transmitted alphavirus belonging to the Togaviridae family, first isolated in Tanzania in 1952. The main vectors are mosquitoes from the Aedes species. Recently, the establishment of an envelope mutation increased infectivity for A. albopictus. ...

Last Updated: 5 Aug 2013

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

The Pilot Study of Chikungunya Virus Infections in Southern Taiwan
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Chikungunya Virus

 

Last Updated: 24 Jun 2014

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Clinical Evaluation of Anti-CHIKV Hyperimmune Intravenous Immunoglobulins
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Chikungunya Virus Infection

 

Last Updated: 2 Sep 2014

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