Low Seroprevalence Indicates Vulnerability of Eastern and Central Sudan to Infection with Chikungunya Virus

Awadalkareem Adam, Osama M.E. Seidahmed, Christopher Weber, Barbara Schnierle, Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, Sven Reiche, Christian Jassoy

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Abstract

Outbreaks of infections with chikungunya virus (CHIKV) have previously been reported from Sudan but the prevalence in the general population is unknown. We investigated the seroprevalence of CHIKV infection in 379 serum samples from patients with fever in the outpatient clinics of three hospitals in eastern and central Sudan. The seroprevalence was 1.8%, indicating that CHIKV infections are rare in these parts of Sudan. As the vector Aedes aegypti is endemic in this area, the population is at risk for a CHIKV epidemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)290-291
Number of pages2
JournalVector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Chikungunya
  • Epidemiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology

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