• shareIcon

What are the symptoms of Chikungunya?

Communicable Diseases By Editorial Team , Expert Content / Mar 28, 2011
What are the symptoms of Chikungunya?

Symptoms of Chikungunya starts after 2 - 4 days from infected mosquito bite. Joint pain, Muscle Pain, Rash and high fever are the main symptoms of chikungunya.

What are the symptoms of Chikungunya?

The symptoms of chikungunya fever generally start with fever 2-4 days after bite of an infected mosquito. The symptoms of chikungunya fever are

  • Rapid onset of joint pains (which is severe, crippling migrating, polyarticular arthritis) and it may or may not be associated with the following
  • Muscle pain,
  • High grade fever:
  • Conjunctivitis and
  • Rash.

The joint pain is caused by invasion of the joint cartilage by virus and subsequent inflammation. The macular or maculopapular rash is usually seen between the 2nd and 5th day of illness. It occurs most frequently on the trunk and limbs. Some patients can have conjunctivitis (infection of the eye) and minor bleeding in the skin and eye.


The infection is rarely life-threatening and majority of the patients recover in a few days. But it can cause substantial morbidity such as prolonged fatigue lasting several weeks, pain in joints for months or years. The prolonged joint pain seen in chikungunya fever is usually not observed in dengue and hemorrhagic cases typical of dengue fever are not seen in chikungunya virus infection.

 

Infection with chikungunya virus in pregnant women does not usually result in the virus being transmitted to the fetus. The symptom of chikungunya fever in pregnant women is similar to other individuals.

 

Many times chikungunya fever may be misdiagnosed as dengue infections in areas where both the infections occur. Other infections which may be confused with chikungunya fever include various viral hemorrhagic fevers or malaria. Chikungunya fever is diagnosed based on serological testing. Indirect immunofluorescence is a new test that has been used to diagnose chikungunya fever.

 

Read more articles on chikungunya symptoms

Disclaimer

All possible measures have been taken to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and authenticity of the information; however Onlymyhealth.com does not take any liability for the same. Using any information provided by the website is solely at the viewers’ discretion. In case of any medical exigencies/ persistent health issues, we advise you to seek a qualified medical practitioner before putting to use any advice/tips given by our team or any third party in form of answers/comments on the above mentioned website.

This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK