Tropical Virus Symptoms Can Mimic Rheumatoid Arthritis: Study

February 20, 2015 10:00 PM

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FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The mosquito-borne chikungunya virus causes joint pain and swelling similar to rheumatoid arthritis, which can make diagnosis difficult, a new study says.

Chikungunya has spread in parts of the Caribbean and Central and South America. Though still rare, the virus is increasingly being seen in the United States, according to the researchers.

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