What is Chikungunya? (Definition)
(Symptoms, Causes & Treatment)
According to the World Health Organization, Chikungunya is a viral disease which is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. Chikungunya comes from an African word for “to become contorted,” which describes the stooped appearance of infected individuals suffering from severe joint pain.
Chikungunya is identified by a sudden onset of fever which is often accompanied by joint pain. Other common signs and symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. The joint pain is often very debilitating, but usually only lasts for a few days or may be prolonged to weeks.
Most patients recover fully, but in some cases joint pain may persist for several months, or even years.
There is no cure for Chikungunya, so treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms.
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Clinical Trials – Investigational Therapies
For information on current clinical trials, visit www.clinicaltrials.gov. This is a searchable registry and results database of federally and privately supported clinical trials taking place in the U.S and abroad. ClinicalTrials.gov provides information about a trial’s purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers. This information should be used in conjunction with advice from health care professionals.
For information about clinical trials being conducted at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD, contact the NIH Patient Recruitment Office:
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For information about clinical trials conducted in Europe, visit: https://www.clinicaltrialsregister.eu/ctr-search/search
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