Arthritis after infection with Chikungunya virus

Sanae Ali Ou Alla, Bernard Combe
Best Practice & Research. Clinical Rheumatology 2011, 25 (3): 337-46
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is an emerging alphavirus responsible for several infectious outbreaks in the world. After an acute stage of illness characterised by a fever-arthralgia syndrome and rash, joint disorders due to CHIKV infection can sometimes persist for several months or years. Chronic arthritis after this emerging disease is well documented, and similarities to rheumatoid arthritis have been described. Knowledge of the geographical epidemiology of CHIKV infection is crucial for better control of the disease. Thus, recent outbreaks have led to several studies, which have highlighted the need for a better understanding of the clinical features of Chikungunya (CHIK) and beginning knowledge of the pathophysiogenesis, which can lead to further research.

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