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Chikungunya - Frequently Asked Questions

Chikungunya - Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is Chikungunya?
Chikungunya fever is an emerging mosquito-borne disease caused by an alphavirus, Chikungunya virus. The disease is transmitted by the bite of an Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus mosquito. CHIKV is spread when the female Aedes mosquito bites an infected person and then bites other people.
2. Does Jamaica have both the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes?
No. There are NO Aedes albopictus mosquitoes in Jamaica at this time.Aedes aegypti, however, is endemic to Jamaica and is the same mosquito that transmits the dengue fever virus.
3. How does the Aedes aegypti mosquito operate?
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