Is it Chikungunya or rheumatoid arthritis? Symptoms can be similar

January 30, 2015 7:14 PM

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Is it Chikungunya or rheumatoid arthritis? Symptoms can be similar

But more than just symptoms, scientific testing can even be confused by maladies with similar symptoms. According to new research by scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, blood tests of patients infected with the Chikungunya virus and of those diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis can reveal similar results.

This confusion can lead to some patients with Chikungunya being misdiagnosed and treated for rheumatoid arthritis. As the virus encroaches upon the Caribbean and the southern United States, health officials are concerned about an uptick in infections among Americans.

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