A latest research shows the significance of correct diagnosis in chikungunya and rheumatoid arthritis. In most of the cases, similar symptoms and test results are observed in both diseases. Hence, the study suggests it is essential to closely examine the medical history of each and every patient.
Chikungunya is a viral disease caused by Chikungunya virus (CHIKV). The characteristics of the particular virus are quite similar from other viruses such as dengue and West Nile. The usual symptoms of the disease is rash and high fever which can even last for one year. The disease is quite common in a few regions of the worlds such as Central America, South America, India, Caribbean and Africa.
Recently, researchers of Washington University School of Medicine carefully analyzed the patients of rheumatoid arthritis and chikungunya. Surprisingly, they discovered that similar symptoms of the two diseases could be responsible for wrong diagnosis.
Therefore, it is better to study travel and medical history of the patient in order to get accurate diagnose. As per the research data, around 80 percent of rheumatoid arthritis patients are prescribed drugs used for the treatment of Chikyngunya.
Wayne Yokoyama, main author of the study talked about the use of patient’s history. He states that currently the travel history of the patients is regarded as the most appropriate tool for the diagnosis. The frequent travelers of Chikyngunya prevalent regions are obviously at high risk.