Chikungunya virus disease

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes to humans. The word ‘chikungunya’ means 'that which bends up', an allusion to the posture of the suffering patients. The most common clinical form associates fever, arthralgia and rash. Recovery is the usual outcome but chronic arthritis is not rare. Diagnostic tests are available but there is no antiviral treatment or licensed vaccine. The disease is notifiable at EU level.

The risk of the chikungunya virus spreading in EU is high due to importation through infected travellers, presence of competent vectors in many countries (particularly around the Mediterranean coast) and population susceptibility. Read more in the factsheet on chikungunya

Aedes aegypti - Factsheet for experts

Aedes aegypti is a known vector of several viruses including yellow fever virus, dengue virus chikungunya virus and Zika virus.

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Maps of surveillance activities and current known distributions of mosquito species in Europe and neighbouring regions.

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Communicable disease threats report, 22-28 August, week 34

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Communicable disease threats report, 25-31 July 2021, week 30

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Communicable disease threats report, 27 June-3 July 2021, week 26

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Communicable disease threats report, 23-29 May 2021, week 21

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Communicable disease threats report, 18-24 April 2021, week 16

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Mosquito-borne diseases: An emerging threat

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Risks related to chikungunya infections among European Union travelers, 2012-2018

Jun 2020

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Specialist laboratory networks as preparedness and response tool - The emerging viral diseases-expert laboratory network and the chikungunya outbreak, Thailand, 2019

Apr 2020

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Past and future spread of the arbovirus vectors Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus

May 2019

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Reviewing estimates of the basic reproduction number for dengue, Zika and chikungunya across global climate zones

Mar 2019

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Using big data to monitor the introduction and spread of Chikungunya, Europe, 2017

Jan 2019

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Disease networks

Emerging Viral Diseases-Expert Laboratory Network (EVD-LabNet)

European network for medical and veterinary entomology (VectorNet)