A Case of Diabetic Ketoacidosis Following Chikungunya Virus Infection

Illya Tolokh Division of Medical Education, Department of Internal Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri; Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri

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Timothy Laux Division of Medical Education, Department of Internal Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri; Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri

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Daniel Kim Division of Medical Education, Department of Internal Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri; Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri

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Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne viral disease that has recently become endemic in the Caribbean, including the island of Puerto Rico. We present the case of a 50-year-old Puerto Rican man who traveled to St. Louis for business and was diagnosed with acute chikungunya virus infection with atypical features causing diabetic ketoacidosis. This case highlights the need to keep tropical infectious diseases on the differential diagnosis in appropriate individuals and the ways in which tropical infectious diseases can masquerade as part of common presentations.

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* Address correspondence to Timothy Laux, Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Education, Washington University School of Medicine, Box 8121, 660 South Euclid Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110. E-mail: laux.timothy@gmail.com

Authors' addresses: Illya Tolokh, Timothy Laux, and Daniel Kim, Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Education, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, E-mails: itolokh@dom.wustl.edu, laux.timothy@gmail.com, and crfirmd1@dom.wustl.edu.

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