What is the origin of the word chikungunya?

India
December 21, 2006 5:34am CST
The dreaded disease chikungunya recently spread Asia in general and India in particular by killing number of people started heading towards other parts of world.
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@samson1967 (7422)
• India
21 Dec 06
Most of the people relate the dreaded viral decease "chikungunya " to innocent "Chickens". The fact is, Chikungunya is originated from the African Term "MAKONDE", meaning ' The thing that Bends ", the very symptom of Chikungunya attack.
• India
21 Dec 06
The name is derived from the Makonde word meaning "that which bends up" in reference to the stooped posture developed as a result of the arthritic symptoms of the disease from wikipedia.