Chikungunya (pronunciation: \chik-en-gun-ye) is:

  • A virus that is spread through mosquito bites - the same Aedes mosquitoes that spread dengue.
  • A risk to anyone traveling to a region of the world where chikungunya is found.

Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms usually begin 3-7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.
  • Fever and severe joint pain, often in the hands and feet
  • Headache
  • Joint swelling
  • Muscle pain
  • Rash
Most patients will feel better within a week. Some people develop longer-term joint pain that can last weeks to months. Death is rare but can occur.

Those at Risk

People at increased risk for severe disease include:
  • Newborns exposed during delivery,
  • Older adults (≥65 years),
  • People with medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease.