Chikungunya Virus Shows Similar Symptoms To Rheumatoid Arthritis, May Cause Misdiagnosis

February 2, 2015 5:19 AM

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A new study has found that Chikungunya virus and rheumatoid arthritis present similar symptoms and even test results, emphasizing the importance of accurate diagnosis.

Chikungunya is transmitted by mosquitoes and it’s typically diagnosed in Central and South America, India, the Caribbean and Africa. Symptoms include fever and a rash, as well as severe joint pain that can last for weeks or up to one year. While mosquito-borne diseases are common in humid, equatoria...

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