This mutation potentially allows the virus to multiply more easily in mosquito cells.
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According to the initial report about the epidemiology of the disease, the term 'chikungunya' is derived from the Makonde root verb kungunyala , meaning to dry up or become contorted.
The joint pain can be debilitating, often resulting in near immobility of the affected joints.
Description: Chikungunya virus is passed to humans when a bite from an infected mosquito breaks the skin and introduces the virus into the body.