The Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases The Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Braz J Infect Dis 2016;20:91-8 - Vol. 20 Num.1 DOI: 10.1016/j.bjid.2015.10.004
Review article
Chikungunya: bending over the Americas and the rest of the world
Miguel Madariagaa,, , Eduardo Ticonab, Cristhian Resurrecionc
a Section of Infectious Diseases, Naples Community Hospital, Naples, United States
b Hospital Nacional Dos de Mayo, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru
c Hospital Nacional Dos de Mayo, Lima, Peru
Received 09 September 2015, Accepted 16 October 2015
Abstract

Chikungunya is an arthropod-borne virus transmitted by Aedes mosquito bites. A viral mutation has allowed Aedes albopictus to become the preferred vector extending the geographic spread of the condition. The virus causes an acute febrile illness occasionally followed by a chronic rheumatic condition causing severe impairment. The diagnosis is usually confirmed with serology. No specific treatment is currently available. This article reviews the condition with emphasis on his dissemination in the Americas.

Keywords
Chikungunya, Alphavirus, Epidemics
Braz J Infect Dis 2016;20:91-8 - Vol. 20 Num.1 DOI: 10.1016/j.bjid.2015.10.004