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Chikungunya Fever (CHIKV)

Facts and Information
 
Chikungunya (pronunciation: \chik-en-gun-ye (click to hear pronunciation)) virus is transmitted to people by 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.

Chikungunya virus is not currently found in the United States. 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 and door screens. 

Other mosquito-borne diseases in Arkansas and surrounding states include West Nile Virus, St. Louis encephalitis and Eastern Equine encephalitis.

Resources

Arkansas Department of Health
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