Chikungunya

Common Name(s)

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 369 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Notes from the field: Transmission of chikungunya virus in the continental United States--Florida, 2014.
 

Author(s): Katherine Kendrick, Danielle Stanek, Carina Blackmore,

Journal: MMWR Morb. Mortal. Wkly. Rep.. 2014 Dec;63(48):1137.

 

On June 27, 2014, the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County was notified by the Florida Poison Information Center Network of a patient with travel to Southeast Asia who was suspected of having chikungunya virus infection. After further investigation and additional testing, ...

Last Updated: 5 Dec 2014

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Chikungunya cases identified through passive surveillance and household investigations--Puerto Rico, May 5-August 12, 2014.
 

Author(s): Tyler M Sharp, Nicole M Roth, Jomil Torres, Kyle R Ryff, Nicole M Pérez Rodríguez, Chanis Mercado, Maria Del Pilar Diaz Padró, Maria Ramos, Raina Phillips, Matthew Lozier, Carmen S Arriola, Michael Johansson, Elizabeth Hunsperger, Jorge L Muñoz-Jordán, Harold S Margolis, Brenda Rivera García,

Journal: MMWR Morb. Mortal. Wkly. Rep.. 2014 Dec;63(48):1121-8.

 

Chikungunya and dengue are mosquito-borne, viral, acute febrile illnesses that can be difficult to distinguish clinically. Whereas dengue is endemic in many countries in the Caribbean and the Americas, the first locally acquired chikungunya case in the Western Hemisphere was reported ...

Last Updated: 5 Dec 2014

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Concurrent outbreaks of dengue, chikungunya and Zika virus infections - an unprecedented epidemic wave of mosquito-borne viruses in the Pacific 2012-2014.
 

Author(s): A Roth, A Mercier, C Lepers, D Hoy, S Duituturaga, E Benyon, L Guillaumot, Y Souares

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Last Updated: 27 Oct 2014

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The terms "Chikungunya" returned 22 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Antiviral perspectives for chikungunya virus.
 

Author(s): Deepti Parashar, Sarah Cherian

Journal: Biomed Res Int. 2014 ;2014():631642.

 

Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a mosquito-borne pathogen that has a major health impact in humans and causes acute febrile illness in humans accompanied by joint pains and, in many cases, persistent arthralgia lasting for weeks to years. CHIKV reemerged in 2005-2006 in several parts ...

Last Updated: 23 Jun 2014

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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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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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Study of the Prognostic Value of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Adults With Chikungunya
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Infected by Chikungunya Virus

 

Last Updated: 30 Oct 2014

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Clinical Evaluation of Anti-CHIKV Hyperimmune Intravenous Immunoglobulins
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Chikungunya Virus Infection

 

Last Updated: 31 Oct 2014

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