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Posted: Saturday, June 28, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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Mosquito-Borne Virus Spreads to Caribbean and US

Chikungunya, a debilitating, mosquito-borne viral disease that causes fever and potentially long-term joint pain, has long troubled Africa and Asia, but it is now rapidly spreading to other parts of the globe. It was first detected in the Caribbean in December, and there have since been nearly 5,000 confirmed cases and more than 160,000 suspected cases in the region. There have also been 57 infections reported in the US this year, and though all were thus far acquired outside the US, experts believe it is only a matter of time before it spreads throughout the Americas. More...
Posted: Saturday, June 28, 2014 3:35:55 AM

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Ah the dreaded mosquito, with all it's blood-sucking apparatus! How we love to hate it. How it loves us! Not really US, per se, but rather our very blood! Hungry little vampires!

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Posted: Saturday, June 28, 2014 3:09:10 PM

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Just have to take precautions. That's gonna be a bad situation.
Posted: Saturday, June 28, 2014 4:08:10 PM

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Protection against contact with disease carrying mosquitos is the most effective method at this time. Insect repellents, window and door screens help to keep mosquitoes out of the house, but this has only a minimal effect as most contact by humans and mosquitoes occurs outside. Other methods of prevention include stopping mosquitoes from multiplying by draining water from house gutters, buckets, flower pots, pool covers or other containers where water can be collected. Empty pet’s water bowls and clean bird baths, discard old tires, and cover boats with tarps to prevent accumulation of water in them. Drain or empty plastic swimming pools, and keep large swimming pools properly chlorinated.

Another protective deterrent is the wearing of proper clothing: shoes, not flip-flops, socks, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants. Applying insect repellent before sunscreen is also recommended as is the application of repellents to clothing. Mosquito netting for children under two months of age may be an effective, protective measure. It is important to read the labels and instructions on insect repellents as there are some insect repellent products which are not suitable for children. These products do list their ingredients such as DEET, Picardin, and oil of lemon eucalyptus and they are approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Posted: Saturday, June 28, 2014 11:17:43 PM

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I'm not liking the thoughts of mosquitoes from the Caribbean having disease in them. Its bad enough they carry malaria. Next thing you know where are going to have to where Hazmat suites before long. I know at the FIFA event they are worried that some of the people will be bitten by a mosquito carrying a disease only found in South America.
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