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Chikungunya is a viral disease spread by the bite of infected Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes. It causes fever, severe joint pain and rash on the body.

Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is an arbovirus i.e. it is an arthropod borne virus and is a member of the genus Alphavirus, in the family Togaviridae.


The first outbreak of the disease was seen in the year 1952, in the Makonde plateau, along the border between Tanzania and Mozambique. The disease occurs predominantly in Africa, Asia and the Indian subcontinent.

The disease was first described by Marion Robinson and W.H.R. Lumsden in 1955. The name Chikungunya is derived from a root verb in the Kimakonde language which means that which bends up and is in reference to the stooped posture that develops due to the arthritic symptoms of the disease.

Since the disease shares some clinical signs with dengue fever, it can be misdiagnosed in areas where dengue is common.

There is no cure for the disease. It is a self-limiting infection and most patients recover fully. No deaths, neuro-invasive cases or hemorrhagic cases related to chikungunya infection have been conclusively documented in the scientific literature.

Treatment of chikungunya is focused on relieving the symptoms.

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Joint pain and sickness is the only reason of chikungunya?
abhijeeshingte Thursday, January 7, 2016
I am pregnant an I have caught the chikungunya virus. I took panadol 500 every 6 hours an the pain had subside. Now I'm having rash. How long does this last an can it affect my unborn child.
olicia Thursday, September 18, 2014
is it true that chikungunya virus is worst than dengue? i just need your opinion base on your knowledge for my paper work in school. thanks
sphaine Thursday, November 28, 2013
how many days before you fully healed from chikungunya? I had it 7 days already....
ivatanie Monday, November 4, 2013
I had Chikungunya. I just take loads of Vitamins C and Vitamin B or Multi Vitamins. When i feel the pain I take parecetamol or Advil. Take that build your immune system.
Guest Monday, October 21, 2013
my wife bulbul infected with chikungunya in the recent past, but severe pain in her wrist and fore wrists portion. she cannot use her right hand nor she move her total right hand fully. dated : 21-4-2013
bulbul.35 Sunday, April 21, 2013
I am infected with chikungunya. Zerodol sp gives me some relief.Is it safe to take this medicine on a regular basis. What else should I do for quick recovery?
rita314 Monday, November 26, 2012
There is widespread opinion among masses that chickungunya fever is caused by chicken and at some places in india people even stop even eating chicken meat.As the causes of this fever is totally different and it appears the prevalence is likely during and after monsoon, a good measure of propaganda in educating people is required.
scnehruroy Friday, November 23, 2012
which medicine use in chikangunya
nidhi28 Sunday, November 18, 2012
hello doctor , i got very high fever with joint pains , doctor diagnosed it as tiaphoid. now my fever is gone but i have acute joint pain in hand and legs. what kind of treatment i should take please suggest me. as i am thinking it may be chickungunia. but doctors are saying as fever is not there so no need of chickungunia test is required. what should i do? please suggest me at
armit Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Dear armit I am not an MD doctor (Physician) but a PhD one. I am a mosquito expert, which means that I advise people before they got bitten. After the bite,especially if you feel sick, go see a physician. Dr Gil Stav Mosquito ecologist
Dr._Gil_Stav Sunday, January 22, 2012
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