As usual we are reactors and not preventers so I can only implore on our locals to strive for a healthy immune system. If you believe the source/causation of this virus, then it is rather foolish not to take care of your cellular nutrition. For those who contracted the virus I am told it was and is debilitating; not to mention the cost to our economy with loss of production due to absenteeism resulting from ‘pop down’. Sad to say, we also lost quite a few persons to death as many who had underlying health issues could not battle with this vicious virus. Some persons likened chic-v to the person with HIV who was doing well until pneumonia was contracted and they quickly deteriorated leading to death.
I am fortunate not to have contracted Chic-V and intend to remain so by doing my very best to build an effective immune system. Let us hope that our citizens will pay extreme attention to this narrative and take heed. Prevention is better than cure.
Clarendon cautioned for a possible re-emergence of chic-V
(Jamaica Gleaner) Published:Friday | May 15, 2015
A senior Clarendon health official is cautioning people to be on the lookout for a possible re-emergence of the Chikungunya virus later this year.
The Medical Officer of Health for Clarendon, Dr. Vitillius Reid-Holder, says the virus could resurface sometime during the months of August and September.
According to Reid-Holder, there are some diseases like dengue fever and leptospirosis which are seasonal to Jamaica.
She says there tends to be increases in these cases during the rainy months of August and September and there is a possibility that the same thing may happen with chic-V in light of trends with the disease.
Jamaica experienced an outbreak of the virus last year.
Like dengue, the Chikungunya virus is spread by an infected aedes aegypti mosquito.
Symptoms of the chikungunya virus include high fever, headache, muscle pain, joint pain and a rash.
Reid-Holder says if chic-V resurfaces, it will do so in smaller numbers given that the virus has already been in circulation and some people may have developed immunity.
Nevertheless she is appealing to residents to protect themselves.
The doctor has also called for the authorities to take the necessary preparatory steps.