Are Ross River Virus symptoms and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome related?

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Dirk Slawinski

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Dirk Slawinski asked the Naked Scientists:
Hi Chris,

I'm just listening to the Oct 11 podcast (I'm two behind) and considering the similarity to Ross River Virus symptoms and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are the viruses related?  Since I potentially have Ross River (still waiting for the blood test) I am keen to see how best to manage the lethargy and "arthritis" that I could potentially have for a number of years.


What do you think?


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Hi Dirk

I don't think so. Ross River has very stereotyped symptoms of arthritis and stiffness. Chronic fatigue is more of a spectrum of symptoms that are also not continuous or consistent in the way the Ross River affects people.

I hope you are feeling better now, incidentally.

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