The Health Protection Agency said there were 93 cases in people from the UK by August this year, compared to an average of six in previous years.Although the effects of the Chikungunya virus are not generally fatal, symptoms include high fever, headache, severe joint pains, a rash along with nausea and vomiting.
Cases of the mosquito-borne virus have been recorded on Indian Ocean islands and on the Indian mainland, the HPA's annual conference was told.
Since March 2005 the number of cases of Chikungunya - Swahili for "that which bends up - have been increasing in the islands of the Indian Ocean, particularly the island of Reunion.
The World Health Organisation estimates around 110,000 people were affected in an outbreak on the island between March 2005 and February 2006.
Symptoms usually appear between four to seven days after being bitten and can persist for several weeks.Full story at BBC News - Chikungunya Virus.
There is no vaccine against Chikungunya. Treatment consists of relieving symptoms by using painkillers, taking plenty of fluids and resting.
Wikipedia link - Chikungunya
We first reported the outbreak of Chikungunya back in March 2006.