In an a little book in a series on RHEUMATIC diseases of North America, I came across an obscure reference to an article in the British Medical Journal speculalating that arboviruses may be the cause of AAV and other RHEUMATIC disease presentations.. Article was published way back in 1982., and not much attention paid.
I had an arbovirus, specifically the chickungunya virus in 2014 while living part time in the Caribbean; it had never been seen there until late 2013. It is mosquito borne and not contagious person to person . The mosquitos are Asian. I recovered in 5 days with some lingering hand pain which eventually disappeared. There is no treatment.
It is now known that people who have had this virus, particularly the over 50+ crowd, show up with vasculitis or rheumatic diseases approx. 2 years later; that is what happened to me. Of course. No doctor in New Jersey is much interested, but more and more articles are appearing in scholarly literature to suggest this link.
Has anyone had the Chickungunya virus or Ross River arboviruses that have come back to haunt you appox. 2 years after acute virus resolves,?? Thought better chance of throwing out question to Austrailians who seem to have been the first to ask the question. I am going to try to get a hold of the whole article from 1982. This is not going to change treatment regimins, but sometimes it helps to know "why me"? Title: "Segmental glomuelonephtitis with anti neutrophil antibody possibe arbovirus etiology? by Davies, D.J.et.al, BMJ 1982, 285:606. More presentations linked to viruses coming from Indian and French, US researchers. The virus can wind up anywhere where an infected mosquito can hitch a plane ride West . Now in SE US, case in England, lots in Caribbean islands; one case of lupus after Chickungunya virus reported recently. If nothing else, emphasizes the need for mosquito protection in tropical environments.