chikungunya virus

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A positive-sense, single-stranded RNA virus, an alphavirus of the Togaviridae family. Carried by Aedes aegypti and A. albopictus (tiger mosquito), and present in parts of Africa, South-East Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. The virus causes flu-like symptoms including a severe headache, chills, fever, joint pain, nausea, and vomiting. The name comes from the Makonde word describing the positions that victims take to relieve the joint pain. Cases occurred in Italy in 2007.

http://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/Health_topics/Chikungunya_Fever/ European Centre for Disease Control fact-sheet.

Subjects: Medicine and Health.

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