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.
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. 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. More information on Prevention of Mosquito and Tickborne Diseases can be found on the ADH website at this link
Other mosquito-borne diseases in Arkansas and surrounding states include West Nile Virus, St. Louis encephalitis and Eastern Equine encephalitis.