Sylvatic Transmission of Chikungunya Virus among Nonhuman Primates in Myanmar

Emerg Infect Dis. 2022 Dec;28(12):2548-2551. doi: 10.3201/eid2812.220893.


Nonhuman primates living in proximity to humans increase risks for sylvatic arbovirus transmission. We collected serum samples from nonhuman primates in Hlawga National Park near Yangon, Myanmar, and detected antibodies against chikungunya (33%) and Japanese encephalitis (4%) viruses. Buffer zones between primate and human communities might reduce cross-species arbovirus transmission.

Keywords: Japanese encephalitis virus; Myanmar; Zika virus; chikungunya virus; communicable diseases; vector-borne infections; viruses; zoonoses.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Arboviruses*
  • Chikungunya Fever* / epidemiology
  • Chikungunya virus*
  • Humans
  • Myanmar / epidemiology
  • Primates