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2020 Mar 12

PLoS Negl Trop Dis



Prevalence of chronic chikungunya and associated risks factors in the French West Indies (La Martinique): A prospective cohort study.


Bertolotti A, Thioune M, Abel S, Belrose G, Calmont I, Césaire R, Cervantes M, Fagour L, Javelle É, Lebris C, Najioullah F, Pierre-François S, Rozé B, Vigan M, Laouénan C, Cabié A
PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2020 Mar 12; 14(3):e0007327.
PMID: 32163420.


The chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a re-emerging alphavirus that can cause chronic and potentially incapacitating rheumatic musculoskeletal disorders known as chronic chikungunya arthritis (CCA). We conducted a prospective cohort study of CHIKV-infected subjects during the 2013 chikungunya outbreak in Martinique. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of CCA at 12 months and to search for acute phase factors significantly associated with chronicity.