Chikungunya fever

A virus carried by an Asian mosquito has infected millions of people overseas and is closing in on Australia.

The need for doctors to be aware of chikungunya fever — an arthralgic disease caused by a mosquito-borne alphavirus — in returned travellers was highlighted during a recent ABC Radio program.

chikungunya fever

The program (see transcript at: explored the potential threat posed by the transmission of chikungunya in our region by the Asian tiger mosquito Aedes albopictus.

Spread of chikungunya
Following a major chikungunya outbreak that occurred in several islands in the Indian Ocean in 2005, a mutation