Symptoms of chikungunya

Learn about the symptoms of chikungunya, what to look for and what to do if you become ill.

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What are the symptoms of chikungunya?

Chikungunya typically causes fever and arthritis-like joint pain. Other symptoms can include:

  • rash
  • fatigue
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • headache
  • muscle pain

Symptoms can take up to 12 days to appear. However, symptoms usually appear within 3 to 7 days after an infected mosquito bites you.

Most people recover after a few days. However, in some cases, joint pain may last for weeks or months.

What do you do if you become ill?

Consult your health care provider if you:

  • travelled to or lived in an area where chikungunya is present
  • become ill with the listed symptoms

Describe to your health care provider:

  • your symptoms
  • which countries you visited or lived in

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