A mosquito-borne virus that has spread to the Caribbean and Central and South America and has caused isolated infections in Florida often causes joint pain and swelling similar to that seen in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
A virus spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito can cause symptoms very similar to rheumatoid arthritis, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown.
This work was supported by The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
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