Chikungunya Virus – Raising Awareness

Chikungunya Virus – Raising Awareness first appeared on Backyard Bug Patrol

The Chikungunya Virus, that is carried and spread by mosquitoes,  had not been too much of a problem over here in the US, until just recently!  Since June 10th a total of 39 cases have been reported within US states and territories, making it a disease that we should all be raising awareness about and taking preventative measures. Here’s an article with a little more information:-

Chikungunya Virus
Chikungunya, a viral infection transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes, originated in southeast Africa and was first described in Tanzania in 1952. Subsequently, it has spread throughout sub-Saharan Africa and has become well established in the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and islands of the Indian and Pacific Ocean. More recently, Chikungunya has been reported in at least 15 Caribbean islands, including Hispaniola (Haiti & Santo Domingo), as well as French Guiana on mainland South America.

As with any virus the symptoms sound pretty unpleasant. It’s good to be able to recognize exactly what they are so that you can obtain treatment as soon as possible. There’s no specific antiviral drug or cure at  the moment. Just over the counter drugs that may be recommended by your pharmacist.  The best treatment, is not having to treat a bite at all, because you’ve not been bitten! The way to not get bitten…follow the prevention procedures in the below article and invest in some mosquito control.

Mosquito Control Tips For The Homeowner
While our products are very effective in killing ticks and mosquitos there are certain things that that homeowners can do to help us help you.  Any complete tick and mosquito prevention program wouldn’t be complete without you, the homeowner, helping to reduce the population of ticks and mosquitos in your yard.

Some great tips! I’m particularly liking the plants that you can include in your garden, to help keep those pesky bloodsuckers at bay!

Here is a news report with further information:-

So let’s get raising awareness, let’s get ourselves protected and prevent the spread of this nasty virus as much as possible by being educated. I’m off to plant some seeds, so I can have fresh basil for my tomato and mozzarella salad, and at the same time keep those pesky pests away.

 

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