Four confirmed cases of Chikungunya in France

On 21 October 2014, WHO was notified of four laboratory confirmed cases of locally acquired chikungunya fever in Montpellier, France.

The cases were confirmed by the French National Reference Laboratory for arboviruses in Lyon and this is the first time that locally-acquired transmission of chikungunya has been detected in France since 2010.

The 4 cases of chikungunya infection occurred within the same family who live in Montpellier and have no history of travel out of their district of residence in the 15 days prior to the onset of symptoms.

French public health authorities have implemented several public health measures including vector control and information dissemination.

About Chikungunya Fever

Chikungunya is a viral disease that is rarely fatal and is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. Symptoms of chikungunya include high fever and headache, with significant pains in the joints (ankles, wrists), which can persist for several weeks. The symptoms appear between 4 and 7 days after the patient has been bitten by an infected mosquito. The name, chikungunya derives from a word in Makonde language roughly meaning “that which bends up”, reflecting the physique of a person suffering from the disease.