What is chikungunya?

Chikungunya is a disease caused by a virus spread by mosquitoes. It most often occurs in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Pacific Islands. Travel-associated cases have occurred in the United States. Symptoms include fever, joint pain, headache, muscle pain and rash. There is no specific antiviral therapy for chikungunya virus infection. Treatment is for symptoms and can include rest, fluids, and use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve acute pain and fever. Persistent joint pain may benefit from use of NSAIDs, corticosteroids, or physiotherapy. People infected with chikungunya should be protected from further mosquito exposure during the first week of illness to reduce the risk of local transmission.

Report suspected or confirmed cases within 3 business days.

To report, call the reporting line at 360-728-2235 and fax reporting form to 360-813-1168.

Chikungunya Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers (CDC)