Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.492, No.4, 608-616, 2017
Dengue Chikungunya co-infection: A live-in relationship??
Dengue and Chikungunya are viral infections that are a major public health hazard in recent times. Both these infections are caused by RNA viruses termed arboviruses owing to their requirement of an arthropod vector to get transmitted to vertebrate hosts. Apart from sharing a common vector, namely Aedes mosquitoes, these infections are also characterized by overlapping clinical presentations and are known to exist as co-infection. The present review traces the history and evolution of co-infection across the globe and provides specific compilation of the scenario in India. Furthermore, clinical manifestations during co-infection are discussed. Lastly, up-to-date information with respect to vector behaviour during co-infection both under laboratory conditions and in natural Aedes populations is reviewed. (C) 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.