In Puerto Rico, helping my dad while my mom suffers through Chikungunya

She seems to be be pretty well, although last week when she got it was hell for her and my father.  It’s big news here is Puerto Rico with estimates of 20,000 cases….

If the deaths are confirmed to be directly linked to the virus, these would be the first fatalities in Puerto Rico, although there have been 32 deaths registered elsewhere in the Caribbean since last December resulting from the virus, which has never surfaced before in the Americas.“Mortality linked to this virus is very rare. It only occurs in very atypical cases, normally in the elderly or in newborns,” she said.“We will have to get used to the fact that Chikungunya may be in the region, just like dengue,” Rivera said.The first cases of Chikungunya were detected in Puerto Rico in May, and on July 16 the Health Department declared that an epidemic was under way.Since then, 4,079 possible cases have been noted, of which just 1,207 have been confirmed by CDC laboratories, which have a backlog in carrying out the relevant tests.  Chikungunya’s symptoms include acute fever, followed by a longer period of joint pains in the extremities which may persist for years in some cases. The disease is transmitted to humans by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes like dengue fever and while no specific treatment is known, medications can be used to reduce symptoms.

via Latin American Herald Tribune – Puerto Rico Investigating Possible Chikungunya-Related Deaths.

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