Chikungunya

  • Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne virus that causes a disease.
  • It is transmitted by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.
  • Its symptoms are characterised by abrupt fever and severe joint pain, often in hands and feet, and may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling or rash.  
  • There is no specific antiviral drug treatment for chikungunya.
  • There is no commercial chikungunya vaccine.
  • Chikungunya treatment is directed primarily at relieving the symptoms, including the joint pain using anti-pyretics, optimal analgesics and fluids.

 

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