The 2017 Dhaka chikungunya outbreak

Chikungunya is an arboviral disease transmitted between human beings via the bites of infected female aedes mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus).1 Millions of chikungunya cases have been reported across more than 60 countries, and this virus is responsible for devastating epidemics across the globe. Chikungunya is characterised by fever, nausea, fatigue, myalgia, headache, rashes, prolonged joint pain, and arthralgia. From the onset of the outbreak in April 1, 2017, to Sept 7, 2017, the Bangladeshi Ministry of Health reported 984 cases confirmed by real-time PCR assay (figure) and more than 13 176 clinically confirmed cases in 17 of 64 districts. A major outbreak has been observed in the capital, Dhaka, which is home to more than 18 million people.