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Chikungunya

MsZ
Dorset UK
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204 posts
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Chikungunya

Here that Chikungunya is rampant in Bequia at the moment, any information from those that live there?

Heard it from one of my local friends via email, she isn't usually alarmist so think there must be something to it.

I know there have been outbreaks of Dengue in the past, I was suspected of having it last year but didn't realise Chikungunya was also a big problem in Bequia.

UK
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671 posts
2 reviews
1. Re: Chikungunya

Apparently there are 3 confirmed cases and another 14 suspected in Bequia. Unfortunately the virus has been spreading across the reigion recently and there have already been outbreaks in Anguilla and St Lucia., so sadly its arrival in SVG was probably inevitable.

Connecticut
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364 posts
2. Re: Chikungunya

See this link from I witness:

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Bequia
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for Bequia
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1,989 posts
34 reviews
3. Re: Chikungunya

the funny thing about the article is that it says to avoid being out from early evening to morning, but the Aedes mosquito that carries dengue and chikungunya is active in the daytime...make DEET your new favorite perfume...use mosquito coils or the electric plug in jobs with the mats as repellants...use the mosquito zapper racquets...the specialist from Florida that was here says that these particular mosquitos breed in man made containers and they don't like deep water, so they are more likely to be found in trash lying about that can hold a bit of water, so cleaning up trash is essential...the problem areas so far are Lower Bay and Paget Farm...suspected cases are higher than posted in the article, but only 3 confirmed so far and they were in Paget Farm...

Colchester, United...
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105 posts
8 reviews
4. Re: Chikungunya

As mentioned; the number of cases reported in the news is far less than what the actual number of cases are. I contracted it myself but have since gotten over it thankfully. Lots of Deet as suggested and avoid dark enclosed spaces where there is not much wind circulating. :)

New Orleans...
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239 posts
3 reviews
5. Re: Chikungunya

Not surprisingly, there appear to be no recent updates on the number of cases now. Last reported count was 37 cases on Bequia & 2 on the mainland. Since then, Health Ministry Officers & Vector Control have inspected & fogged trouble spots. Paget Farm has new cases and several individuals suffering relapse or continuation of joint pain. Hats off to the various entities responsible for an island wide clean up drive; and better efforts at a sustained dedication to a "Clean & Green" Bequia.

JENSEN BEACH
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11,321 posts
51 reviews
6. Re: Chikungunya

South Florida news is full of reports of the Chikungunya outbreak. Several cases now in Miami/Dade, Palm Beach and Broward Counties. We had 20+ cases of dengue in the small town where we live last year....any tropical venue is at risk. Everyone is being urged to empty any containers/vessels, garbage can lids..whatever can hold water for mosquitos to breed. We had door to door Health Dept officials even emptying the smallest amt of water from sand pails carelessly left out in yards. Indeed these are daytime mosquitos carrying the disease. Cleaning up will certainly help.

New Orleans...
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239 posts
3 reviews
7. Re: Chikungunya

Yes, the culprits can breed in as little as a bottle cap of water. You're right, obxpat, any tropical or temperate zone is vulnerable.

JENSEN BEACH
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11,321 posts
51 reviews
8. Re: Chikungunya

Today our news reports another case. For now it is reported all of these were contracted by individuals who were returning from Caribbean visits. The latest the DR. Also saying that the symptoms occur 3 to 7 days after being bitten. Since TA is a Travel Forum my reason for putting this info "out there" is that no one should avoid travelling to Bequia, specifically, for fear of this virus. These daytime mossies are the culprit.

Bequia
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for Bequia
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1,989 posts
34 reviews
9. Re: Chikungunya

we'll never know proper numbers as most people in Bequia contracting chikungunya know that all they can do is go to bed, take paracetemol and drink fluids so they aren't bothering to go to the clinic for testing...most people seem to be over the worst of it in a few days...with Bequia being so small, it should have run it's course soon...the fogging doesn't seem to be helping as people in the fogged areas are still getting chikungunya...

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