Fiji health officials are reporting an imported, or travel-associated chikungunya case. This is while the island nation is experiencing a dengue fever outbreak.

Aedes mosquito
Aedes aegypti image/CDC

Several islands in the Pacific have reported or are currently reporting outbreaks of chikungunya, a mosquito-borne viral disease to include French Polynesia, Samoa, Cook Islands and Kiribati.

Fiji has reported 502 dengue fever cases in the current outbreak.

The disease is transmitted  by the same mosquitoes involved in the dengue transmission (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus); also shares some clinical signs with dengue, and can be misdiagnosed in areas where dengue is common.

It causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash.

There is no cure for the disease. Treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms.