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Chikungunya Virus Spreads in Haiti, US Possibly Next

The mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus is spreading rapidly across Haiti, with epidemiologists saying it’s probably heading for the US next. Although it’s extremely painful, the virus usually lasts for a few days and doesn’t come back because one develops immunity. Currently, the only official treatment is Tylenol. Mosquito-Borne Breaking Bone Disease Spreads In Haiti Peter Granitz, NPR May 19, 2014 Transmitted by mosquitoes, the chikungunya virus causes rash, fever and excruciating joint pain. It has no cure. The good news: It’s rarely fatal. Epidemiologists say the virus is headed to the U.S. Transcript RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: A mosquito-borne virus is spreading across the Caribbean. It’s called Chikungunya. It’s hardly ever fatal but it does hurt, causing severe joint pain. And public health officials expect the disease to eventually reach the U.S. Reporter Peter Granitz takes us to Haiti, the country with […]

Chikungunya Virus Spreading Quickly in Haiti

The mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus, which has been spreading across the Caribbean in recent months but only reached Haiti last week, is now spreading like wildfire across the island nation. There is currently no vaccine or cure but there are treatments to relieve the symptoms. The CDC recommends taking precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Haiti Chikungunya Outbreak Spikes To Over 1,500 Cases Robert Herriman, The Global Dispatch May 13, 2014 In a follow up to a report Saturday where it was asked, “How bad is it in Haiti?” concerning chikungunya, we are starting to see how quickly the mosquito borne virus is spreading on the island nation. According to Ronald Singer, a spokesman for Haiti’s health ministry, at least 1,529 cases of the chikungunya virus have been confirmed. Of these, about 900 of them, were found in the west department, where the capital of Port-au-Prince is located. Another […]

Mosquito-Borne Virus Spreads Through Caribbean

Chikungunya, a viral disease carried by mosquitoes, is rapidly spreading across the Caribbean. This is a tough blow for these nations that depend on tourism, as they prepare for the summer rush. While Haiti awaits confirmation of chikungunya cases, the neighboring Dominican Republic has reported 17 cases this week. As Haiti awaits confirmation, a quickly spreading mosquito-borne virus in Caribbean sparks concern With more than 4,000 cases and six deaths in the Caribbean, a mosquito-borne virus that is similar to dengue fever is stirring concerns. Jacqueline Charles, Nester Phillip and Ezra Fieser; Miami Herald May 1, 2014 ROSEAU, Dominica — Caribbean health experts warned Thursday that they “cannot stop” a rapidly spreading mosquito-borne virus that has infected thousands and is associated with six deaths in the region. The alert comes as the Dominican Republic’s health ministry became the 15th Caribbean […]

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