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Etymologia: chikungunya
  • Published Date:
    Nov 2006
  • Source:
    Emerg Infect Dis. 12(11):1772.
  • Language:
    English
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  • Alternative Title:
    Emerg Infect Dis
  • Description:
    From the language of the Makonde, northern Mozambique and southeast Tanzania (often misattributed to Swahili), "that which bends up." Chikungunya refers to the stooped posture that develops as a result of arthritic symptoms. A self-limiting disease, chikungunya is caused by an alphavirus spread by the bite of Aedes mosquitoes. Though not generally fatal, the disease can be severe. A widespread outbreak in islands of the Indian Ocean, begun in February 2005, has caused >200 deaths.Sources: Dorland's illustrated medical dictionary. 30th ed. Philadelphia: Saunders; 2003 and http://www.wikipedia.org

  • Pubmed Central ID:
    PMC3372367
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