Chikungunya Symptoms, Causes and Treatment Information

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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