Chikungunya Virus

Is mosquito-borne alphavirus transmitted primarily by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. Humans are the primary reservoir during epidemics. The incubation period is typically 3-7 days (range, 2-12 days). The most common clinical findings are acute onset of fever and polyarthralgia, joint pain is severe and debilitating, possibly accompanied by headache, myalgia, arthritis, or rash.

How do We Treat?

Treatment is generally palliative and can include rest, fluids, and use of analgesics and antipyretics, there is no specific antiviral treatment available. Patients with suspected chikungunya virus infections also should be evaluated and managed for possible dengue virus infection. Best way to prevent chikungunya virus is to avoid mosquito bites.