Published On: Fri, May 16th, 2014

ADC prepared for Chikungunya

Chikungunya virusWILLEMSTAD - The Analytic Diagnostic Center (ADC) is prepared for a possible outbreak of Chikungunya in Curacao. Starting this week, the laboratory has all the necessary materials in order to detect the virus. The disease is transmissible by mosquitoes and came early this year in St. Maarten.

The Chikungunya test of the ADC can recognize five different viruses. However, there is no vaccine against the virus.

“The chikungunya virus is a virus that causes mild fever and aching joints, usually non-fatal. The virus can be transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito (which also transmits dengue) and the Asian tiger mosquito Aedes albopictus” the guardian of the national health said. Normally the recovery takes several works. In elderly patients, the joint pain may be permanent.

“Government officials and agencies have been reluctant to invest in an approach against pathogens, which may possibly arise, but are not there yet,” Johan Reimerink and Ngoc Hoa Chung of the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) said. “Waiting for an outbreak and only then proceed to action is not the most sensible approach if you watch over public health. It is wise to be prepared for possible dangers.” The RIVM has also praised the proactive approach of the ADC.

Click Tag(s) for Related Articles: