Published On: Thu, Nov 20th, 2014

High demand for paracetamol due to Chikungunya

Chikungunya virusWILLEMSTAD – The Chikungunya epidemic on our island creates a great demand for the drug paracetamol. The sale of the drug increased by 150 percent this month. This is according to Peter van Leeuwen of Budgetfarma. The fight against the virus is still continuing.

Last month, the Ministry of Health, Environment and Nature launched an information line. Information about the Chikungunya virus can be received by calling the number 9345. Callers can receive information about the fight against the virus and the symptoms. In addition, we also provide information on the spring schedule.

Chikungunya virus is transmitted to people by mosquitoes. The most common symptoms of Chikungunya virus infection are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash.

Outbreaks have occurred in countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. In late 2013, Chikungunya virus was found for the first time in the Americas on islands in the Caribbean. There is a risk that the virus will be imported into new areas by infected travelers. There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Chikungunya virus infection. Travelers can protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites. When traveling to countries with Chikungunya virus, use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and pants, and stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens.

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