'Bone-Breaker' Virus Has Affected A Quarter Million People In Americas. What Is Chikungunya?

July 3, 2014 1:53 PM

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'Bone-Breaker' Virus Has Affected A Quarter Million People In Americas. What Is Chikungunya?

WHAT IT IS: The name "chikungunya" comes from the Makonde language of Tanzania. It translates as "that which bends up," referring to arthritis-like aches in joints that cause sufferers to contort with pain. The virus is spread by two mosquitoes, aedes aegypti and aedes albopictus, both of which also transmit dengue fever.

WHAT IT DOES: Symptoms typically appear three to seven days after a mosquito bite and can include high fever, pain in the joints and back, and severe headache. Many sufferers can barely walk. It is rarely fatal, though there have been deaths among the elderly and people with other illnesses. Symptom...

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