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Is Chikungunya Contagious?

Infection and Chikungunya

Chikungunya is an infectious disease, but it is not considered contagious between people. The disease is transmitted by the bite of a mosquito that is infected with the Chikungunya virus.

Transmission of Chikungunya from Person to Person

Chikungunya is considered infectious but is not transmitted from person to person. Generally, a disease like this is caused by an infectious agent and not spread between people.
Chikungunya, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene.

Transmission of Chikungunya from Animals

The transmission of Chikungunya can be by way of:

  • blood feeding insects and can include ticks and mosquitoes.
  • insects.
  • mosquitoes.

About contagion and contagiousness:

Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily the spread of Chikungunya is possible from one person to another. Other words for contagion include "infection", "infectiousness", "transmission" or "transmissability". Contagiousness has nothing to do with genetics or inheriting diseases from parents. For an overview of contagion, see Introduction to Contagion.


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