The Chikungunya virus is transmitted by the same mosquito that transmits dengue, the female of the species Aedes aegypti and also is transmitted by the Aedes albopictus species.
The disease was identified in more than 60 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and America.
Disease prevention focuses on avoiding insect bites by applying repellent and use of appropriate clothing.
In the housing the doors and windows must remain closed and the air conditioning on.
Regarding to symptoms, these takes 3 to 7 days to manifest after the bite of an infected mosquito. The main symptoms are fever; joint pain; muscle aches; headache; joint swelling and rash.