Chikungunya virus can cause a variety of symptoms ranging from fever and rash to headache, muscle pain and swelling. There is currently no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat the virus. The best prevention is to protect yourself as thoroughly as possible against mosquito bites.
Detect, Test, and Report
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) laboratory will test for chikungunya if the criteria are met by both the CDC and ADPH for specimen submission. Testing will not be initiated without the inclusion of all requested and completed documentation. Requests and test results may be delayed.
The only private lab in the U.S. performing chikungunya testing is Focus Diagnostics. Focus Diagnostics has accounts with most large reference labs (i.e. Quest, LabCorp, Mayo, ARUP) and many local hospitals. In order to receive more timely results, providers can submit their chikungunya test request to a reference laboratory that has an account with Focus Diagnostics.
If a healthcare provider suspects a patient to have chikungunya with recent travel history (Southern Florida, Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Europe, India, or Pacific Ocean) please review the ADPH Chikungunya Recommendations, including reporting, patient education, specimen collection, shipping, and resources.