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What is chikungunya?

Chikungunya is a disease spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. It typically causes fever combined with arthritis-like pain in the joints.

There is no vaccine or medication to protect against chikungunya.

What is my risk?    

Travellers are at risk when visiting areas where chikungunya occurs and in areas being affected by a chikungunya outbreak.

The risk is higher during the daytime, particularly around sunrise and sunset. Mosquitoes that can transmit chikungunya bite even in shady areas, when it is overcast, or if you are indoors.

How is it transmitted?   

What are the symptoms?

Can chikungunya be treated?

There is no specific treatment for chikungunya. Medication can be provided to relieve symptoms.

Where is chikungunya a concern?

Chikungunya occurs in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Indian subcontinent.

A map of the areas where chikungunya occurs is available on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) website.


Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.

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