- Mary Elizabeth Wilson, MD
Mary Elizabeth Wilson, MD
- Clinical Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
- School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
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- Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
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Deborah J Lenschow, MD, PhD
- Associate Professor, Medicine
- Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
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- Martin S Hirsch, MD
Martin S Hirsch, MD
- Editor-in-Chief — Infectious Diseases
- Section Editor — Viral Infections
- Professor of Medicine
- Harvard Medical School
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- Elinor L Baron, MD, DTMH
Elinor L Baron, MD, DTMH
- Deputy Editor — Infectious Diseases
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- Tufts University School of Medicine
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Paul L Romain, MD
- Deputy Editor — Rheumatology
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- Harvard Medical School
Chikungunya is an arthropod-borne alphavirus transmitted by mosquitoes that causes acute febrile polyarthralgia and arthritis . The name chikungunya is derived from an African language meaning "that which bends up" or "stooped walk" because of the incapacitating arthralgia caused by the disease.
Geographic distribution — The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains a website summarizing geographic distribution of chikungunya virus.
Chikungunya virus is endemic in certain parts of West Africa; human serosurveys have identified antibodies to chikungunya virus in 35 to 50 percent of the population in some areas [2,3].
Outbreaks of chikungunya disease have occurred in Africa, Asia, Europe, and islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans and more recently in the Americas. Most outbreaks occur during the tropical rainy season and abate during the dry season. However, outbreaks in Africa have occurred after periods of drought, where open water containers serve as vector-breeding sites.
Chikungunya can cause large outbreaks with high attack rates, affecting one-third to three-quarters of the population in areas where the virus is circulating. An outbreak on Réunion Island in 2005 to 2006 involved approximately 266,000 individuals (34 percent of the island's population) .
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- Geographic distribution
- - Mosquito transmission
- - Blood products and organ transplantation
- - Maternal-fetal transmission
- CLINICAL MANIFESTATIONS
- Adults and children with postnatal infection
- - Acute infection
- - Persistent or relapsed disease
- - Severe complications
- Neonatal infection
- DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS
- Mimics of acute infection
- Mimics of persistent or relapsed disease
- Acute disease
- Persistent or relapsed disease
- - Post-acute disease
- - Chronic disease