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    Country under alert on possible CHIKUNGUNYA fever outbreak



    Santo Domingo.- Health minister Freddy Hidalgo on Wednesday warned that the country is under a heightened alert from a possible outbreak of chikungunya fever.

    He said since it’s possible the fever is already in the national territory, the Health Ministry’s epidemiology measures have been in since January, when several Caribbean islands reported the spread of the virus.

    Hidalgo said in cases detected in San Cristóbal (south) and San Pedro (east) public health has bolstered prevention and control measures, according to Pan-American Health Organization guidelines. "The epidemiological investigations’ preliminary results show a clinical pattern similar to infection by the chikungunya virus, but this Ministry awaits the laboratory results for confirmation."

    In said a press conference at the Public Health Ministry, the official added that the chikungunya virus is spread by the Aedes aegypti, mosquito, the same one which causes dengue, and characterized by fever followed by severe joint and muscular pain.


    http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/loc...fever-outbreak

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    Never heard of this before in my life...I tell ya, ya learn something new everyday! Be safe people!!!!

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    Chikungunya virus prevention measures announced
    Minister of Public Health Freddy Hidalgo has announced that the Chikungunya virus is now in the country. The disease is flu-like but less virulent than dengue.

    He said that hundreds of fever cases have been reported in Nagua, San Cristobal and San Pedro de Macoris that show all the signs of the disease.

    He said that they are doing all the necessary research and testing and hope to be able to confirm whether it is the virus or not today, Wednesday 26 March.

    The chikungunya virus is transmitted by the same mosquito as dengue, with similar symptoms, but the fever and the pain are less intense. There is no vaccination. The symptoms are fever, rash, fatigue and vomiting as well as muscular pain, which can last weeks in severe cases.

    Measures for preventing chikungunya virus infection include the use of insect repellent, protective clothing, and staying in areas with screens in order to avoid being bitten by the virus-carrying vector.

    El Caribe » Salud Pública sospecha que en el país hay casos de fiebre Chikungunya

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    With all the garbage that lays around and the lack of fumigation by the authorities they won't eradicate nothing.

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    Its a variation of the Hong Kong Dong Disease !!! No seriously this is a nasty virus but is seldom causes death unlike the Haemoragic version of Dengue. The precuations are much the same as Dengue and there was an extensive thread on Dengue last year. Worth while looking through it. http://dr1.com/forums/north-coast/13...gue-sosua.html


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    All the off-topic posts have been removed.

    Don't bother adding anymore that don't refer to the disease.

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    Thanks alterEgo, Here is some more information : BBC News - Humanity's global battle with mosquitoes

    Worthwhile reading it !

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    Public Health confirms presence of chikungunya virus



    Santo Domingo.- Public Health minister Freddy Hidalgo confirmed Friday a chikungunya virus outbreak in San Cristobal (south), backed by an antivirus lab report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

    He said blood samples from people with fever and sharp aches in joints sent to the CDC tested positive for the chikungunya virus.

    The official said measures to prevent and contain outbreaks of the disease transmitted by mosquitoes have been implemented nationwide.

    Hidalgo said people can help eliminate the mosquito’s breeding sites by adding chlorine to water and the walls of tanks or other containers and cover them tightly.


    http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/loc...kungunya-virus

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    Health authorities concerned about chikungunya outbreak



    Santo Domingo.– Public Health minister Freddy Hidalgo said technicians, support personnel, health promoters and epidemiologists will be working around the country during the next days in order to prevent and fumigate against the chikungunya virus outbreak.

    The government’s Hydroelectric Utility (Egehid) and the San Cristobal province authorities will conduct a campaign to fumigate and eliminate deposits of mosquitoes in Nigua and other communities affected by the outbreak.


    http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/loc...gunya-outbreak

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