D.R. on High Alert for new mosquito virus which bit 10 from St Maarten
The World Health Organization is warning that cases of the mosquito-borne illness known as chikungunya have been reported in the Caribbean.
The symptoms of chikungunya are similar to dengue. The disease produces headache, fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, rash and muscle or joint pain. A fever may last days or weeks.
The virus is not usually fatal if symptoms are treated. There is no vaccine yet, but one is being developed. Doctors recommend against the use of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen and other NSAID’s that are recommended for arthritic pain and fever to treat the illness. Preventive measures are wearing clothing that minimizes skin exposure and using repellent that contains DEET, IR3535, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, PMD or Picaridin.