Chikungunya virus causes the infection. It is passed to people from the bite of an infected mosquito. It cannot be passed from one person to another.
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Symptoms begin 3 to 7 days after infection and may include:
- High fever
- Severe joint pain
- Muscle pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Red, irritated eyes
The goal is to treat the symptoms. Hospital care may be needed if symptoms are severe. Treatment options are:
- Medicines to ease symptoms, such as:
- Acetaminophen—to control fever
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)—to control pain
- Short-term narcotics or corticosteroids—sometimes used for severe pain
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
Edits to original content made by Denver Health.
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