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An overview of Chikungunya virus

Busch, Mitchell, MMSc, PA-C; Erickson, Gerald, MMSc, PA-C

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: October 2015 - Volume 28 - Issue 10 - p 54–57
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000470441.99693.e1
Special Topics in Infectious Diseases

ABSTRACT Chikungunya fever is a viral infection caused by the Chikungunya virus that causes abrupt onset of fever, debilitating arthralgias and myalgias, and some rare but serious atypical presentations in infected patients. This mosquito-borne virus may not be familiar to North American healthcare providers. This article describes the causes, epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic and screening measures, management guidelines, and future research prospects for Chikungunya infection.

Mitchell Busch is a recent graduate of the PA program at Mercer University in Atlanta, Ga., and practices emergency medicine at Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale, Ga. Gerald Erickson was an associate clinical coordinator and clinical assistant professor in the PA program at Mercer University when this article was written. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Roy A. Borchardt, PA-C, PhD, department editor

Copyright © 2015 American Academy of Physician Assistants
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