Chikungunya virus disease
What's the risk for travellers?
The chikungunya virus is largely spread in the Americas region, with several countries reporting cases in 2018. ECDC is providing regular updates on the chikungunya transmission worldwide in its weekly threat reports/CDTRs.Find out more in the CDTRs
Personal preventive measures for travellers to affected areas
As no vaccine or medication is available, it is important to protect yourself from mosquito bites when staying in the affected areas in order to prevent becoming infected with the virus.View personal preventive measures
About the 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 symptom is joint pain.Read the factsheet
Chikungunya virus disease in Europe
Even though the disease is not endemic in Europe, in areas where the areas where the Ae. albopictus mosquito is established, local transmission may happen, as demonstrated by sporadic events since 2007Areas previously affected in the EU/EEA
Expert consultation: Dengue and chikungunya preparedness in Europe: priorities and road map
Prevention and control
The best protection against mosquito-borne diseases is preventing mosquito bites. Control measures include strengthening mosquito surveillance in areas in Europe at risk of importation of mosquitoes and virus transmission.
Following an outbreak of chikungunya in Italy and the increasing presence of Aedes albopictus mosquitoes in Europe, ECDC prepared a communications toolkit, with template materials with information and advice on chikungunya prevention and control.
Vectors of chikungunya: Aedes aegypti
Aedes aegypti is a known vector of several viruses including yellow fever virus, dengue virus, chikungunya virus and Zika virus.Read the factsheet
Quarterly maps on the geographical distribution of invasive mosquitoes in Europe, including Aedes aegypti, vector of chikungunyaView the mosquito maps