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Chikungunya Virus

Chikungunya (pronunciation: \chik-en-gun-ye) virus is transmitted by people to mosquitoes.  The most common symptoms of chikungunya virus infection are fever and joint pain.  Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash. Outbreaks have occurred in countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans.  In late 2013, chikungunya virus was found for the first time in the Americas on islands in the Caribbean.  There is a risk that the virus will be imported to new areas by infected travelers.  There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat chikungunya virus infection. Travelers can protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites.  When traveling to countries with chikungunya virus, use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and pants, and stay in places with air conditioning or that use window or door screens.

 

The Centers for Disease Control has extensive information on Chikungunya virus at www.cdc.gov/chikungunya.

CDC Chikungunya Fact Sheet

City of Garland Health Department News Release - CHIKV Imported Case

City Council Presentation - Mosquito Control by Garland Health Department (CHIKV is discussed at 11:00 minutes into presentation)