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Chikungunya virus

Chikungunya virus is a topic covered in the Johns Hopkins ABX Guide.

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  • Chikungunya virus (CHKV): single positive strand RNA arbovirus of family Togaviridae, genus Alphavirus.
    • Name taken from the East African/Mozambique Makonde language "that which bends up," believed to describe contortions due to severe joint pain.
  • Human infection is vector-borne, primarily mosquitoes.
    • Recent outbreak (2005-2006) in Indian Ocean islands may represent more virulent strain than historically as complications (meningoencephalitis, multiorgan dysfunction) and death reported more frequently.
  • Human disease, especially arthropathy, similar to alphavirus Ross River virus infection.

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Last updated: April 4, 2016


Auwaerter, Paul. "Chikungunya Virus." Johns Hopkins ABX Guide, The Johns Hopkins University, 2016. Pediatrics Central, peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540115/all/Chikungunya_virus.
Auwaerter P. Chikungunya virus. Johns Hopkins ABX Guide. The Johns Hopkins University; 2016. https://peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540115/all/Chikungunya_virus. Accessed April 21, 2019.
Auwaerter, P. (2016). Chikungunya virus. In Johns Hopkins ABX Guide. Available from https://peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540115/all/Chikungunya_virus
Auwaerter P. Chikungunya Virus [Internet]. In: Johns Hopkins ABX Guide. The Johns Hopkins University; 2016. [cited 2019 April 21]. Available from: https://peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540115/all/Chikungunya_virus.
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