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Painful and rapid spread of new
mosquito-born virus in Caribbean

Associated Press, by Staff*

Original Article

Posted By:earlybird, 5/24/2014 12:34:05 PM

SAN CRISTOBAL, Dominican Republic — They suffer searing headaches, a burning fever and so much pain in their joints they can barely walk or use their hands. It’s like having a terrible flu combined with an abrupt case of arthritis. Hospitals and clinics throughout the Caribbean are seeing thousands of people with the same symptoms, victims of a virus with a long and unfamiliar name that has been spread rapidly by mosquitoes across the islands after the first locally transmitted case was confirmed in December. (Snip) The two species of mosquitoes that spread chikungunya are found in the southern and eastern United States

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*Associated Press writers Ben Fox in Miami; P. Solomon Banda in Fort Collins, Colorado; David McFadden in Kingston, Jamaica; and Carlisle Jno Baptiste in Roseau, Dominica, contributed to this report.

This virus is spread by two particular types of mosquitoes and by travelers.

Very detailed article is worth a read.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bamapreacher, 5/24/2014 12:44:13 PM     (No. 9860520)

Thanks again Rachel Carson s/o

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Susannah, 5/24/2014 12:58:34 PM     (No. 9860534)

The article doesn´t make it explicit, but I suspect this would be lethal for the extremely aged, the very young, and anyone with a compromised immune system.

The judicous application of DDT would probably make my point moot.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: lana720, 5/24/2014 1:54:49 PM     (No. 9860591)

Ah, the joys of travel!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 5/24/2014 2:33:30 PM     (No. 9860611)

I know it´s fashionable to celebrate all the life forms in a ´rain forest´, but they are actually full of miseries like mosquitoes.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: lancer12, 5/24/2014 11:58:54 PM     (No. 9860938)

Fussy restaurants can be closed down for rats and mice & cockroaches which must be poisoned (even if no one gets sick from the meals, but poisoning mosquitoes wipes out songbirds says crazy old Rachel Carson-so wrap yourselves in layers of netting or suck up the diseases. It helps if the diseases are limited to poor ´other´ populations.

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