epidemic polyarthritis

Polyarthritis caused by either of two mosquito-borne viruses endemic to Australasia: Barmah Forest virus and Ross River virus.

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  • rash — Lay term for a cutaneous eruption. [O. Fr. rasche, skin eruption, fr. L. rado, pp. rasus, to scratch, scrape] antitoxin r. a cutaneous manifestation of serum sickness. black currant r. the …   Medical dictionary

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