Chikungunya may be misdiagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis, researchers say

February 2, 2015 10:09 AM

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Chikungunya may be misdiagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis, researchers say

Published in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatology, a team of researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has revealed that chikungunya might often be misdiagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis because the symptoms are very similar to what obtains in the latter case.

Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne disease that is prevalent in India, Africa, South and Central America, and the Caribbean among other places. However, its symptoms manifest like those seen in cases of rheumatoid arthritis – joint pains and swellings. This research underscores why it is necessary for ...

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