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    Default Plague or epidemic

    My wife's family lives in the North West on the border and everyone of them has come down with fever, body pain,head ache, vomiting, sh--ts. My step son is visiting his grand parents and he has come down with it, they tell me more then half the town has gotten sick. Is this isolated to that area or is elsewhere. Does anyone know what it is, the local hospital there I don't think can diagnose a death.

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    Could be Chikungunya or Dengue? Do any of them have a rash?

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    Default Don't think so

    Quote Originally Posted by Harleysrock View Post
    Could be Chikungunya or Dengue? Do any of them have a rash?
    The number of cases and the rapid spread I think would rule out a mosquito borne illness.

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    Well part of it sounds like Chikungunga. Not so much the sh&s. But if is is Chikungunga, it should pass in a few days. However, for the elderly, there is a risk of chronic arthritis effects/

    Just got a posting on FB from someone who is in Pedernales and posted this remedy which supposedly helps

    Si ya lo agarro la chikingunya, aquí apareció un remedio que la contrarresta de una vez, según un periodista que ya fue curado. ~ ActualizandoRD

    other wise it is ACETOMINOPIN..Tylenol.. not aspirin or ibuprophen which is recommended.. and keep hydradated..

    Now the other, more scary possibility is that it is an outbreak of cholera, which is ongoing in the DR, That would account for the vomiting, and diarrhea. Not so much the headaches and body pain and folks would know that they were really really sick.. as in dying. Without proper rehydration, cholera can lead to death within hours .. So let us hope that it is not that Embassy News | Embassy of the United States Dominican Republic But if half of a town were down with cholera there would certainly be an alert out with the health authorities. No where in the DR is tHAT remote.

    There is a decent hospital in Dajabon.. I have been there. I would have more confidence in them, if I were you. But there is really nothing that can be done for chikunguna except acetominophin and fluids and rest.. and evidently the mango cinamon nutmeg cure.

    Where do they live? Most of the northwest is not far from Santiago.. where there are good hospitals. There are tests for it, but I do not think that they would be available in Dajabon. Chikungunya - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Where are they, exactly? Do they have transport? You could at least send them Acetominophen on Caribe Express. If the whole town is illl, the local pharmacy might be out.

    No rash? Does no one have rashes?

    Sorry.. here we are again.. the DR! virtual medical team.

    Haiti is being ravaged with chikungunka. Many people have gotten it more than once, which authorities had claimed was not possible.

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    Most likely too quick and too many people for a mosquito borne illness. Norovirus, cholera, influenza, rotavirus, E- coli are some options. Make certain everyone is getting plenty of CLEAN fresh water, they are washing their hands constantly, and feces is properly disposed of. Pay special attention to the young and old.

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    Also, electrolytes. I hear Alka Seltzer gold has potassium in it as well as the sodium needed. Pedialyte is prob best but expensive.

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    If you need potassium, there is always Potassium chloride.
    Available as a salt substitute in the supermarket, and in tablets at the pharmacy.

    I thought that KCl, because, after all, is a simple chemical, asked the pharmacist (well, the guy in a labcoat behind the pharmacy counter) at Walgreen's for the OTC version.
    "Oh, no!" he said, acting like I had just asked for morphine: it is a dangerous drug: they use in the cocktail of drugs they use for the death penalty.

    And the next time I go to Publix, there it is, near the salt, made by French's, the people who make mustard, labelled "No Salt", for people on a low sodium diet.

    So US law bans us from buying it as tablets, but if we want it in crystal form (with a few additives to prevent caking), we can buy all we want.

    US Restricted drug laws make no sense and often seem to exist only to keep the prices of drugs high.

    There is no R&D or development costs associated with something as simple as KCl.

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    Also bananas, OJ, milk.. Plantains are loaded with it, so much it can make you drowsy.

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    Please don't listen to any of the advice in this thread. Talk to a doctor. Potassium and Sodium can be very dangerous. Yes, more dangerous than narcotics.

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