Arthritis and Chikungunya virus.

Prof Bernard COMBEa

a Service de Rhumatologie

The Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is responsible for several epidemics in the world. After an acute phase of the disease characterized by a syndrome associating fever, arthralgias and cutaneous eruption, the articular symptoms can sometimes persist for several months or years. The chronic arthritis after this acute phase is well documented and similarities with rheumatoid polyarthritis have been described. Today, there is no specific treatment. For the chronic arthralgias or the arthritis, Corticosteroids or NonSteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) can be used. In the severe forms, Disease-Modifying AntiRheumatic Drugs (DMARDs), such as methotrexate, hydroxychloroquin or sulfasalazin have been proposed.

Keywords : Chikungunya, arthritis