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Virus or Arthritis? Diagnosis Not Always Clear

Despite its name, the chikungunya virus has nothing to do with chickens. It may, however, have something to do with rheumatoid arthritis, or RA. I’m Shelby Cullinan with your latest health news. A research team at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that blood tests and symptoms of patients with chikungunya virus and RA can be very similar. The problem with a misdiagnosis is that the similarity could confuse doctors and patients may not receive the treatment they need.

The authors of this study stressed the need for doctors to obtain a good travel history on all patients. Make sure to let your doctor know your recent travel history..

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