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.
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
There is no cure for the disease. It is a self-limiting infection and most patients recover fully. No deaths, neuro-invasive cases or
Treatment of chikungunya is focused on relieving the symptoms.
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Latest Publications and Research on Chikungunya
- Finding equipoise: CEPI revises its equitable access policy. - Published by PubMed
- Evaluation of the antiviral activity of orlistat (tetrahydrolipstatin) against dengue virus, Japanese encephalitis virus, Zika virus and chikungunya virus. - Published by PubMed
- Seroprevalence of chikungunya virus infection in five hospitals within anyigba, kogi State of Nigeria. - Published by PubMed
- MyD88-dependent influx of monocytes and neutrophils impairs lymph node B cell responses to chikungunya virus infection via Irf5, Nos2 and Nox2. - Published by PubMed
- Paper-based nucleic acid testing system for simple and early diagnosis of mosquito-borne RNA viruses from human serum. - Published by PubMed