Last Updated on Sep 19, 2019

Causes of Chikungunya

Chikungunya is caused by a virus that is transmitted by mosquito bite.

Chikungunya virus, also known as Buggy Creek Virus, is transmitted by Aedes aegypti mosquito bites. The virus belongs to the family-Togoviridae, and the genus is Alpha virus.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito, a household container breeder and aggressive daytime biter which is attracted to humans, is the primary vector of chikungunya infection to humans. Aedes albopictus may also play a role in human transmission in Asia, and various forest-dwelling mosquito species in Africa have been found to be infected with the chikungunya virus.

The transmission of the virus occurs mainly between mosquitoes and monkeys. Monkeys are the main virus reservoirs, but other species can also be affected, including humans. So far there is no evidence to indicate that there is a person-to-person transmission of chikungunya.

Genetic analysis of the Chikungunya viruses reveal that there are two distinct types of the virus- one contains all isolates from western Africa and the second comprising all southern and East African strains, as well as isolates from Asia.

Causes of Chikungunya: Aedes aegypti Mosquito


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abhijeeshingte Thursday, January 7, 2016

Joint pain and sickness is the only reason of chikungunya?

olicia Thursday, September 18, 2014

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.

sphaine Thursday, November 28, 2013

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

ivatanie Monday, November 4, 2013

how many days before you fully healed from chikungunya? I had it 7 days already....

@Guest Monday, October 21, 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.

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