Chikungunya (pronunciation: \chik-en-gun-ye) virus is transmitted to people by mosquitoes. The most common symptoms of chikungunya virus infection are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash. Outbreaks have occurred in countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. (Information courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)

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Faculty in the News

Chikungunya Task Force

  • Dawn Wesson, PhD, associate professor of tropical medicine and task force chair, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM)
  • Susan McLellan, MD, clinical associate professor of public health in tropical medicine (SPHTM)
  • Tonya Colpitts, PhD, assistant professor of tropical medicine (SPHTM)
  • John Schieffelin, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine and pediatrics, School of Medicine (SOM)
  • Chad Roy, PhD, associate professor of microbiology and immunology, Tulane National Primate Center (TNPRC)
  • Nito Panganiban, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology (TNPRC)
  • James Blanchard, DVM, PhD, professor of veterinary medicine (TNPRC)
  • Mac Hyman, PhD, Evelyn and John G. Phillips Distinguished Professor in Mathematics, School of Science and Engineering (SSE)
  • Gerard Breart, adjunct professor of epidemiology, (SPHTM)
  • Bruno Hoen, University Medical Center of Guadeloupe
  • André Cabié, University Medical Center of Martinique

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 Chikungunya virus particles

Chikungunya virus particles

Photo: CDC/ Cynthia Goldsmith,
James A. Comer, and Barbara

Aedes Aegypti mosquito

Aedes aegypti mosquito, a
carrier of the Chikungunya virus.

Photo: CDC/ Prof. Frank Hadley
Collins, Dir., Cntr. for Global
Health and Infectious Diseases,
Univ. of Notre Dame

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