CHIKUNGUNYA: SYMPTOMS, TREATMENT, & PREVENTION
Beyond being pesky, mosquitoes can also spread diseases like the chikungunya virus. Learn about the symptoms of chikungunya and how to help protect your loved ones from mosquitoes that may carry diseases.
Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne disease that is spread to humans through the bites of infected Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictusmosquitoes, both of which bite aggressively during the daytime.
Our scientists breed and study Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes at theInstitute of Insect Science for Family Healthto develop tips and products that can help you protect your family and get rid of mosquitoes carrying the chikungunya virus.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CHIKUNGUNYA
According to the World Health Organization, most people infected with chikungunya virus will develop some symptoms. Chikungunya symptoms usually begin 4-8 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito, but this can range from 2-12 days1. Chikungunya symptoms include:
Joint and Muscle Pain
Most people with chikungunya virus recover fully, but in some cases, joint pain may persist for several months or even years1. Since chikungunya shares some symptoms ofZikaanddengue, it can be misdiagnosed in areas where other mosquito-borne diseases are also common.1
WHERE IS CHIKUNGUNYA MOST COMMON?
Cases of the chikungunya virus have been reported in over 60 countries. It is most common in Africa, Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. However, chikungunya has also been reported in Europe and the Americas.1 There is also a risk that infected travelers will import the virus to new areas. If you live in or plan to travel to an area where this mosquito-borne disease is common, you can help protect yourself and your family by following the tips in ourchikungunya prevention checklist.
Since there are currently no medications to treat chikungunya, treatment focuses on relieving the symptoms of the virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this includes getting plenty of rest, drinking fluids to prevent dehydration, and taking medications to help reduce fever and pain.2
CHIKUNGUNYA PREVENTION CHECKLIST3
LEARN MORE ABOUT CHIKUNGUNYA
For more information about this mosquito-borne disease, check out theWorld Health Organization’s Chikungunya Fact Sheet.
For more tips to help protect your home and family from these disease-carrying insects, readHow to Help Get Rid of Mosquitoes
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This is provided for your information only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition. Should you have any symptoms or concerns, please contact your doctor.