Mississippi State Department of Health

Chikungunya Virus


Chikungunya virus is a mosquito-borne disease especially prevalent in the Caribbean, where it can infect U.S. travelers. Chikungunya virus causes fever, muscle and joint pain, and swelling of the joints. Standard protective measures against mosquitoes can help keep you from becoming infected.

Is Chikungunya Infection Dangerous?

Unlike West Nile virus, chikungunya virus infection is rarely fatal. It can cause illness for 7 to 10 days, however, and those infected with chikungunya are more likely to develop symptoms. Infection can cause fever, flu-like symptoms and painful swelling of the joints.

Are Mississippians at Risk?

Chikungunya can spread from person to person through the bite of a mosquito once travelers return home. The Mississippi State Department of Health continues to investigate reports of possible Chikungunya cases related to travel.

If you are traveling internationally, you can check CDC Travel Health Notices for current health issues such as Chikungunya that may be a risk at your destination.

How Can I Protect Myself?

Protective measures from chikungunya are the same as those against West Nile virus or other mosquito-borne diseases:

How Can I Protect Others?

More Information

Links referenced
West Nile virus    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,93,html
CDC Travel Health Notices    https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices
a number of cases    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,93,587,html
protective measures for travelers »    http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/chikungunya-caribbean
mosquito repellent    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,957,93,html
recommended ingredient.    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,957,93,html
Countries with local transmission    http://www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/geo/
More about Chikungunya from the CDC    http://www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/
Mississippi Health Alert Network messages    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/23,0,386,661,html

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