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Chikungunya

A patient in Haiti has tested positive for the Mayaro virus, a relative of CHIK-V (Chickungunya). While one case doesn’t make an outbreak, at this point there’s a pretty clear pattern happening with tropical viruses and mosquitoes! It’s entirely feasible that there are others with this virus—since symptoms resemble CHIK-V, for which there’s no cure, […]

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Preparing for Zika Virus

February 5, 2016

For most people, Zika virus is not a huge threat—but for those it does threaten, the stakes are high. Zika has been linked with microcephaly in newborns (thousands of cases have been reported in countries where Zika virus has spread), triggering Guillain-Barré, and (of course) worse symptoms in people with weakened immune systems. It’s actually […]

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Chikungunya’s been breathing it’s hot breath on our borders for a few years now—even appearing in Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina. Mostly, though, it’s a risk for travelers to sunny locales like Caribbean islands and Central and South America. The usual warning about Chikungunya (Chik-V) is that it will ruin your holiday—spread by mosquito bites, […]

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If you’re having exotic adventures this summer, be sure to do a couple of things for your health before you leave: -Read up on local diseases -See your doctor for important vaccines (which may require a few months before you leave!) -Locate the nearest hospital at your destination -Keep your immune system strong! Seem like […]

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Be Prepared For CHIK-V

July 29, 2014

Chikungunya, the incredibly painful but non-lethal virus that tore through the Caribbean in only (about) 6 months, has now infected mosquitoes in Florida, and at least 2 Americans. Officials aren’t projecting a massive outbreak—but that really depends on how well people avoid mosquitoes. Entomologists aren’t as positive, and are worried that it could carry through […]

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