Mosquito-borne Chikungunya Virus Presents Similar to Rheumatoid Arthritis

January 31, 2015 10:57 AM

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Mosquito-borne Chikungunya Virus Presents Similar to Rheumatoid Arthritis

Mosquito-borne diseases are nothing new, particularly in humid, equatorial areas like the Caribbean and Central and South America. But a new mosquito-borne virus has ravaged its way through Florida—in the United States—has been shown to cause joint pain and swelling in a way that appears very similar to patients who have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Blood sample of the two conditions also appear to be similar.

It is a frightening realization for doctors to find patients they believe have one chronic inflammatory condition only to learn that they have really been infected with a dangerous virus. Obviously, these similarities can lead to misdiagnosis which can be not only bad for the patient but for anyone ...

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