Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne disease that often causes fever and joint pain. You can become infected after traveling to other parts of the world, especially the Caribbean. The disease has also been found in parts of Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
If you have been infected, you may start to experience:
Symptoms usually begin three to seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Chikungunya rarely causes death, but the symptoms can be severe. Most people feel better within a week, but some people may experience joint pain for months.
People at risk for severe symptoms include:
If you become infected with the virus, you are likely to be protected from future infections.
To limit exposure:
Review Your Guide to Safe and Healthy Travel (PDF) for more prevention tips before you go and while at your destination.
The virus is diagnosed by a blood test.
There is no specific treatment available. A doctor may prescribe medications to help relieve your symptoms.