Last Updated on Sep 19, 2019

Diagnosis of Chikungunya

Common laboratory tests like reverse transcriptase–polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), virus isolation and serological tests help diagnose chikungunya.

  • Reverse transcriptase- polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) – It is used to amplify several chikungunya-specific genes from whole blood. Results can be determined in 1 to 2 days.
  • Virus isolation- The virus may be isolated from the infected person’s blood during the first few days of infection.
  • Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) – This test may confirm the presence of IgM and IgG anti-chikungunya antibodies. This test helps to distinguish the disease from dengue fever.

Routine blood count is also recommended as the platelet count may fall.

Tests for Chikungunya Virus


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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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