Chikungunya: Bending over the Americas and the rest of the world

Miguel Madariaga, Eduardo Ticona, Cristhian Resurrecion

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Abstract

Chikungunya is an arthropod-borne virus transmitted by Aedes mosquito bites. A viral mutation has allowed Aedes albopictus to become the preferred vector extending the geographic spread of the condition. The virus causes an acute febrile illness occasionally followed by a chronic rheumatic condition causing severe impairment. The diagnosis is usually confirmed with serology. No specific treatment is currently available. This article reviews the condition with emphasis on his dissemination in the Americas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-98
Number of pages8
JournalBrazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

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Keywords

  • Alphavirus
  • Chikungunya
  • Epidemics

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