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9th International Virology Congress and Expo

London, UK

Verônica de França Diniz Rocha

Verônica de França Diniz Rocha

General Hospital Roberto Santos, Brazil

Title: Prolonged shedding of Chikungunya virus in semen and urine: A new perspective for diagnosis and implications for transmission


Biography: Verônica de França Diniz Rocha



We report the presence of chikungunya (CHIKV) RNA in the blood, urine and semen during the acute phase of the disease in an adult with a dual infection with Dengue virus type 3. In this study a patient, 25 year old man from Salvador, Brazil was considered. He was reported with 6-day duration of high fever, arthralgia, myalgia, headache and photophobia. Blood and semen specimens were positive for CHIKV in the first collected samples; semen and urine specimens were positive for CHIKV after 30 days of symptoms onset. DENV-3 RNA was positive in blood specimen when first collected 6 days after the initiation of symptoms. We describe for the first time the presence of CHIKV RNA in urine and semen for an extended period of time and we address the possible implications of these findings for diagnosis and transmission dynamics