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Global Health
April 18, 2012

New Chikungunya Guidelines

JAMA. 2012;307(15):1573. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.480

New guidelines to prevent, detect, and monitor outbreaks of chikungunya fever in the Americas have been published by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAN/WHO) in collaboration with the CDC (

This viral infection causes severe joint pain characteristic of the disease. Although chikungunya fever is rarely fatal, there is no specific treatment or vaccine for the disease.

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