Published On: Wed, Nov 19th, 2014

Waiting rooms filled with Chikungunya patients

ChikungunyaWILLEMSTAD – The waiting rooms of general practitioners are full. Chikunkunya grabs mercilessly around. According to the GPs this is mainly because the people on the island do not take the Chikunkunya seriously.

President of the general practitioners’ organization, Dr. Homan Jeung says that too many people rely on their doctors. However, the virus is not to be treated and can only be prevented by simply reducing the amount of mosquitoes.

The spraying actions done by the Public Health Department are far from sufficient to address that problem, said Jeung. “The people have to make sure that they keep their living quarters clean and get rid of any possible nesting sites.

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 to 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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