Chikungunya & Dengue

Chikungunya is a viral disease that is transmitted to people by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a person already infected with the virus.

The virus is most often spread to people by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. These are the same mosquitoes that transmit dengue fever. They bite mostly during the daytime and are found throughout much of the world.

Most common symptoms of Chikungunya are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling or rash. This virus does not often result in death, but the symptoms can be disabling, and some people may get severe complications. There is no specific medication to treat nor vaccine to prevent the virus.

Outbreaks have occurred in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Indian & Pacific Oceans. Chikungunya was found in late 2013 for the first time in the Americas on the islands in the Caribbean.

Aedes aegypti

Aedes aegypti

Aedes albopictus

Aedes albopictus
Are You Planning on Traveling to the Caribbean or Any Other Endemic Areas of the World?
Travelers can protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites. When traveling to countries with known Chikungunya virus, use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and pants, and stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens.

Early detection of the symptoms and avoiding bites will prevent the disease from spreading. If you have traveled and have symptoms, seek medical attention immediately, notify your physician of your travel history, and avoid mosquito bites.

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