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Chikungunya (chik-un-GUN-yuh) virus (CHIKV) is a mosquito-borne virus that belongs to the genus Alphavirus in family Togaviridae, which is named from the symptom it causes (meaning “disease that bends up the joints” in Tanzanian). Typically, the disease begins with a sudden high fever, maculopapular rash, and severe joint pain. Other symptoms will subside within 1~2 weeks, but the continued arthritis would be lasted from a few months to several years, exerting substantial impact on the quality of life of patients. CHIKV has two transmission cycles: one is normally maintained in a sylvatic cycle involving Aedes mosquitos and wild primates living in forests of western Africa; the other is direct human-mosquito-human transmission which occurs in Asia and A..., Read More >>
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