Chikungunya Virus

Chikungunya virus is spread by the same type of mosquitoes that transmit Dengue and Zika. It is widespread through sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia, the Indian Ocean islands and tropical Indian subcontinent. Since 2013, active transmission of chikungunya has also occurred in the Americas and has spread to the Caribbean, South and Central America, and North America.

The Ross River virus is Australia’s equivalent of the chikungunya virus as the illnesses are very similar.


Chikungunya virus produces a disease that is Dengue-like, but generally less severe, often with pronounced arthralgia (painful joints). Serious complications are rare.

IMPORTANT: Don’t ignore the symptoms – see a doctor as soon as possible


Mosquito avoidance. No vaccine is available.

There is no vaccine or specific antiviral treatment currently available for Chikungunya fever. Treatment is symptomatic and can include rest, fluids, and medicines to relieve symptoms of fever and aching.


  • Rest in bed to enable the body to fight the disease.
  • Paracetamol is recommended to reduce body temperature and relieve pain.
  • Aspirin must NOT be used, and avoid anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen.
  • Drink extra fluids to prevent dehydration.