Chikungunya physical examination

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Alejandro Lemor, M.D. [2], Alonso Alvarado, M.D. [3]

Overview

Chikungunya usually presents with clinical signs such as fever, skin rashes, and joint swelling with effusions that can be detected during a physical examination.

Physical Examination

Fever

The disease is characterized by an acute onset of high fever, typically more than 39°C (102°F).

Skin

Joints

  • Polyarthralgia usually symmetric and often occur in hands and feet
  • Periarticular swelling and joint effusion in knees.

Gallery Adapted from Preparedness and Response for Chikungunya Virus: Introduction in the Americas. PAHO © 2011.[1]

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References

  1. Preparedness and response for Chikungunya virus introduction in the Americas. Washington, DC: Pan American Health Organization CDC, Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 2011. ISBN 978-92-75-11632-6.

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