Therapy with Physical Exercise in the Treatment of Chikugunya in the Chronic Phase

Nailton José Brandão de Albuquerque Filho1,2* & Felippe Barbosa Gomes1,3

1Department of Physical Education, University Center UNIFACISA, Brazil
2Department of Physical Education, State University of Paraíba - UEPB, Brazil
3Academic Health Unit, Federal University of Campina Grande - UFCG, Brazil

Dr. Nailton José Brandão de Albuquerque Filho, Department of Physical Education, University Center UNIFACISA & State University of Paraíba - UEPB, Brazil.

Keywords: Physical Exercise; Chikugunya Fever; Rehabilitation; Treatment


Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is transmitted by the Aedes mosquito that belongs to the Flaviviridae family, genus flavivirus, which also includes dengue viruses (DENV-1 to DENV-4), zika virus (ZIKV), West Nile virus, Japanese encephalitis virus and yellow fever virus [1]. It was first isolated in 1958 from patients in Bangkok, Thailand [2], from where it spread across Africa and sporadic outbreaks in several Asian countries. In Brazil, the first disease´s reports are from 2014 in Oiapoque - AM and Feira de Santana - BA, in the North and Northeast regions, respectively, after an outbreak in the Americas that started in December 2013 [3,4]. Some studies attribute the disease´s emergence to major sporting events, such as the Confederations Cup in 2013 and the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, which favored the circulation of countless people from all parts of the world, including sick or infected individuals in the incubation period [5].

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