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Detection of chikungunya virus in the Southern region, Saudi Arabia

Authors
  • Hakami, Abdulrahim R.1
  • Alshamrani, Abdullah A.1
  • Alqahtani, Mohamad1
  • Alraey, Yasser1
  • Alhefzi, Razan A.1
  • Alasmari, Sultan1
  • Makkawi, Mohamed1
  • Dobie, Gasim2
  • Mir, Mushtaq1
  • Alshahrani, Mohamed1
  • Dera, Ayed1
  • Alfaifi, Mohammed1
  • Al Shahrani, Mesfer1
  • Matari, Ahmad3
  • Asiry, Ali Essa4
  • 1 King Khalid University, Abha, 61481, Saudi Arabia , Abha (Saudi Arabia)
  • 2 Jazan University, Jazan, Saudi Arabia , Jazan (Saudi Arabia)
  • 3 Baish General Hospital, Jazan, Saudi Arabia , Jazan (Saudi Arabia)
  • 4 Asir Central Hospital, Abha, Saudi Arabia , Abha (Saudi Arabia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Virology Journal
Publisher
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
Sep 20, 2021
Volume
18
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/s12985-021-01660-7
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Veterinary RNA viruses
License
Green

Abstract

Background and aimDespite the fact that the chikungunya viral infection is a neglected disease, complications such as hemorrhagic fever, arthritis, and lymphopenia remain a health concern. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of the chikungunya virus in the Southern Region, Saudi Arabia. Enzyme immunoassay and polymerase chain reaction have been compared between samples.Materials and methodsForty samples from two southern hospitals in Saudi Arabia were collected between December 2019 and February 2020 and screened for chikungunya virus IgG antibodies and for viral RNA. Selection criteria were based on hematological parameters and rheumatological profiles such as rheumatoid factor, c-reactive protein, anti-nuclear antibody, and anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) of out-patients.ResultsOne confirmed case of chikungunya virus was detected using the ELISA test. However, no viral RNA was detected in any of the samples. This suggests that the virus is cleared rapidly in patients.ConclusionChikungunya is a neglected viral disease in Saudi Arabia. Future work should focus on detailed investigation of this viral infection and its vectors.

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