New vectors, new diseases: Understanding the risk of chikungunya transmission in Australia

Project dates: 2017-03-01 00:00:00 - 2020-12-31 00:00:00

Emerging mosquito-borne viruses pose a serious threat to public health and economic development. The recently emerged chikungunya virus (CHIKV) can cause long-lasting and debilitating polyarthritis and polyarthralgia in adults. More severe neurological manifestations and sequelae have been observed in children. Outbreaks of CHIKV are typically explosive and highly unpredictable. The rapid global expansion of this virus and increasing number of introductions into Australia have magnified the potential for an outbreak here. An urgent assessment of CHIKV transmission risk is required to aid public health authorities in planning for this threat. Accurately assessing transmission risk requires an understanding of how CHIKV may behave in the two main mosquito vectors present in Australia under current and future climate scenarios. However, remarkably little empirical data is available for this virus to inform models of projected risk beyond Text truncated. Refer to submitted Application

Funding / Grants

  • National Health and Medical Research Council



  • NHMRC Project Grants - QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
  • NHMRC Project Grants - Monash University

Dr Francesca Frentiu, arbovirus transmission researcher