Chikungunya Virus

Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is an arboviral (arthropod-borne) disease.  In the Western Hemisphere, the cycle is currently maintained in a human-mosquito cycle; no other vertebrate (animal with a spinal column or backbone) host is known to be involved.  With this disease, clinical signs of fever and polyarthralgia (pain in many joints) typically resolve within 7–10 days; severe clinical signs and symptoms are rare.  Mortality is also rare and occurs mostly in older adults.  As with the other mosquito-borne diseases, avoidance of mosquito bites is the key to prevention.  For more detailed information, please refer to the links provided below.

Environmental and Educational Response 
Recommendations for vector control, mosquito surveillance and testing, and 
educational efforts pertaining to chikungunya virus cases.

Arbovirus Field Surveillance Techniques
Guidance for submitting mosquito specimens to DSHS

Chikungunya Virus
Information on chikungunya virus provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Arbovirus Weekly Activity Reports
Texas Arbovirus Reports