Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) causes an infectious disease in the Eastern Hemisphere that arrived in Carribean area in December, 2013. In early 2014, travelers coming back to the United States have been diagnosed with the infection. The virus is spread by mosquitoes and causes high fever, rash, and severe joint and muscle pain that lasts a few days. Approximately 20% of patients infected with Chikungunya virus develop chronic arthritis (inflammation in the joints) for up to 2 years.
Washington University rheumatologists and infectious disease physicians and scientists had already been studying Chikungunya prior to its arrival in the Western Hemisphere, but much remains to be learned about this virus infection and how to treat it effectively.
Since CHIKV has now spread to the United States, physician-scientists in the Rheumatology Division at Washington University in Saint Louis created this registry in order to gather information and samples from patients who may have been infected with Chikungunya virus so that we can improve our understanding of the disease.
If you are interested in participating in a Chikungunya study, please click here for more information.
About the Chikungunya Registry
If you are interested in participating in research to help address these issues, email a recruiter at CHIKV@dom.wustl.edu or call 1-314-747-4179.
Please only provide very basic contact information in your initial email. When we receive your message, we will reply with instructions for secure email communication.
CHIKUNGUNYA RESEARCH STUDIES
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN SAINT LOUIS
4939 CHILDREN'S PLACE BOX 8045
SAINT LOUIS, MO 63110