Chikungunya Fever in Japan Imported from the Caribbean Islands

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Abstract

A 53-year-old Japanese woman who was working as a volunteer in the Commonwealth of Dominica in the Caribbean islands presented with a high-grade fever and severe incapacitating generalized arthralgia. The Asian genotype of the chikungunya virus was confirmed using reverse transcription-PCR and serology, based on the presence of a specific neutralization titer and immunoglobulin M antibodies. She was diagnosed with post-chikungunya chronic arthritis based on persistence of her polyarthritis for 3 months and the presence of rheumatoid factor, immunoglobulin G-rheumatoid factor, and matrix metalloproteinase-3. Chikungunya virus should be considered as a causative pathogen in travelers returning from Caribbean islands. Clinicians should consider chikungunya fever in the differential diagnosis of patients who complain of chronic arthritis and have a history of travel to an endemic area.

Journal

  • Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases

    Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases 69(2), 151-153, 2016

    National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases Editorial Committee

Codes

  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    130005138550
  • NII NACSIS-CAT ID (NCID)
    AA1132885X
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • ISSN
    1344-6304
  • NDL Article ID
    027211303
  • NDL Call No.
    Z53-C450
  • Data Source
    NDL  J-STAGE 
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