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Seven confirmed cases of Chikungunya

The Ministry of Health has reported the first case of chikungunya in a Barbadian with no known travel history. The other six cases confirmed so far have all been imported into the island.

In its effort to stem the spread, the Ministry is continuing its surveillance and public education programmes, as well as its fogging programme, especially in areas with a high presence of adult mosquitoes.

It has also called on residents to play their part in this exercise by doing everything they can to prevent mosquito breeding, including getting rid of debris and stagnant water on their premises, especially during the rainy season.

Since the first confirmed case in the Caribbean last December, the chikungunya virus, transmitted by the aedes aegypti mosquito and the aedes albopictus mosquito, has been detected in 25 Caribbean territories.

Some symptoms are similar to dengue fever and these include sudden high fever, headache, rash, nausea and muscle pain. However, the stiffness and severe joint pain experienced, especially in the wrists, knuckles or ankles, is more often associated with chikungunya. Fever may last from a few days to a few weeks, and some patients have reported debilitating arthritic pain, which has persisted for weeks or months.

There is no vaccine for chikungunya and treatment is symptomatic. It may include rest, fluids and medication for pain and fever. However, aspirin should be avoided.


Source: (BGIS)

2 Responses to Seven confirmed cases of Chikungunya

  1. Tony Webster July 23, 2014 at 7:31 am

    No surprise. The genesis of this back-fired tactic is easily found in the 60% hike in water-rates, courtesy the first (David Thompson) administration. The equation runs like this: If because a certain percentage of those citizens who use water, either could not pay, or would not pay, what water they used, when you slap a lil’ 60% increase on the basic “delivered cost”, would the percentage of delinquents reduce, or increase? Go figure.
    Just as all the folks who dutifully pay for their water, and in effect monthly subsidise “those-without-shame”…we who remain tied to the BL&P grid…are in for a ruff ride. Unless, of course, the old cliche rules: “Effin yuh cyan beat ’em….

    As the Barbados Stock Exchange (according to what is paraded nightly on Ch.8 as “activity”), is either moribund; comatose; or dead, could some of these Green-Energy start-ups launch a cupple IPO’s,… free-up some liquidity in the market, and lemme get in ‘pun de action? Please?

    The only other option, apart from waiting five more years for the current Green energy legislation and the F.T.C. to play catch-up…is to just power-up your photo-voltaics…to match your own requirements, and no higher. There is no law that sez you GOTTA use electricity derived from any from any particular source! Your initial financial outlay will also likely be reduced. You might also be able to use any surplus energy to run lights at night to enhance the growth at night of your (soon-to-be-legal) marijuana plants. Yes, use the new LED thingamajig things. Q.E.D.

  2. Tony Webster July 23, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Note to web-master /editor: kindly re-locate this contribution to the article captioned about “Power Worry”… On which topic it was submitted. Thanks. TW


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