chikungunya

noun
chik·​un·​gun·​ya | \ ˌchi-kən-ˈgu̇n-yə How to pronounce chikungunya (audio) , ˌchi-ku̇ŋ- \

Definition of chikungunya

: a febrile disease that resembles dengue, occurs especially in parts of Africa, India, and southeastern Asia, and is caused by a togavirus (species Chikungunya virus of the genus Alphavirus) transmitted especially by aedes mosquitoes Chikungunya is rarely fatal but can cause severe fevers, headaches, fatigue, nausea, and muscle and joint pains.— Martin Enserink

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Recent Examples on the Web There are no licensed vaccines using this backbone, but clinical trials of a chikungunya virus vaccine using this approach show promise. Helen Branswell, STAT, "Here come the tortoises: In the race for a Covid-19 vaccine, slow starters could still win out," 24 Sep. 2020 Asian Tiger mosquitoes can transfer chikungunya, dengue and Zika viruses. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, "Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Michigan; here's how to prevent infection," 21 Aug. 2020 The species carries yellow fever and dengue, both of which can cause more severe disease in young adults than SARS-CoV-2; Zika virus, which can lead to birth defects; and chikungunya virus, which can leave victims with debilitating joint pain. Joshua Sokol, The Atlantic, "The Worst Animal in the World," 20 Aug. 2020 The blood-sucking bug can also transmit viruses such as dengue, chikungunya and Zika to people. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Earthquake adds to crazy year in Michigan: 5 things we can't believe," 22 Aug. 2020 Then in 2006, more than a million people in India may have caught chikungunya. Joshua Sokol, The Atlantic, "The Worst Animal in the World," 20 Aug. 2020 The trial’s aim is to significantly reduce or eliminate the local population of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which are known to spread deadly diseases like Zika, chikungunya and Dengue fever. sun-sentinel.com, "To combat disease-spreading mosquitoes in the Keys, leaders vote to unleash lab bugs," 19 Aug. 2020 In fact, the real dangers have more to do with tropical diseases such as malaria, cholera, dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya. Estêvão Rafael Fernandes, Scientific American, "Blame Poverty, Not the Poor, for COVID-19's Spread in Brazil's Amazon," 8 Aug. 2020 The disease is transmitted through the bite of the female Aedes aegypti mosquito, an invasive species that also spreads diseases like yellow fever, Zika and chikungunya. CBS News, "11th case of dengue fever confirmed in Florida Keys," 8 July 2020

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First Known Use of chikungunya

1954, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chikungunya

borrowed from Kimakonde (Bantu language of the Makonde), alleged to mean "that which bends up"

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“Chikungunya.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chikungunya. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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chikungunya

noun
chik·​un·​gun·​ya | \ ˌchik-ən-ˈgu̇n-yə, ˌchik-u̇ŋ- How to pronounce chikungunya (audio) \

Medical Definition of chikungunya

: a febrile disease that resembles dengue, occurs especially in parts of Africa, India, and southeastern Asia, and is caused by a togavirus of the genus Alphavirus (species Chikungunya virus) transmitted by mosquitoes especially of the genus Aedes

called also chikungunya fever

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