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Chikungunya : an emerging arborvirus infection

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by O Venettacci, S Swallow, Richard BradburyRichard Bradbury
Chikungunya, a virus in the Alphavirus genus of the Togaviridae family, is an emerging vector-bourne viral disease. The disease is rarely fatal, but may cause fever, myalgia and arthralgia as well as more severe manifestations in some patients. The traditional vector is Aedes aegypti, although a genetic mutation occurring during the outbreak on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion in 2007 has improved viral transmission by Aedes albopictus. Chikungunya is an important emerging viral infection in the tropics, and the possibility of its introduction into Australia remains a significant potential public health threat public health threat.

History

Volume

12

Issue

1

Start Page

7

End Page

10

Number of Pages

4

ISSN

1448-4706

Location

Australia

Publisher

Australasian College of Tropical Medicine

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

No

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

University of Tasmania;

Era Eligible

No

Journal

Annals of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine (ACTM)