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Doctors get a Glimpse Into Chikungunya and Joint Issues

May 17, 2018 - 9:26 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Local researchers now have a clue as to why one mosquito-carrying virus is so damaging to our joints. 

Up until now, scientists have understood little about how chikungunya and related viruses cause arthritis.  Now, Washington University researchers have identified the molecular handle that chikungunya grabs to get inside cells. Those findings, they say, could lead to ways to prevent or treat disease caused by these types of viruses.