Chikungunya and Dengue and You

 

1mosquitoChikungunya: As of today May 22, 2015 there are reported to be 11,897 incidents of Chikungunya and two deaths in Ecuador. Most of these reported cases are in the provinces of Guayas, Esmeraldas and Manabi.  The two deaths are reported to be in the province of Esmeraldas.

http://www.eldiario.ec/noticias-manabi-ecuador/356356-dos-personas-mueren-a-causa-del-chikungunya-en-ecuador/

I am posting a few bulletins with regards to Chikungunya, how to avoid it and how to have it treated.

World Health Organiation: http://www.searo.who.int/entity/emerging_diseases/topics/Chikungunya_FactSheet_Chikungunyafever.pdf

CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/pdfs/CHIKV_DengueEndemic.pdf

 

Dengue: In the same article referenced above in El Diario there are 17,824 incidents of dengue and two deaths.  Concentration of these incidents has been reported in Guayas, Manabi and Esmeraldas provinces.   According to the local paper there is a third death, a 16 year old boy in Rocafuerte. This would bring the death toll to three.

CDC: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2014/chapter-3-infectious-diseases-related-to-travel/dengue

Very interesting and important side note on both Dengue and Chikungunya: If you take daily aspirin or a blood thinner or similar you are at increased risk if you contact one of these two diseases.  With dengue it can elevate to hemorrhagic fever which can be fatal. In Chikungunya there is a danger in increased bleeding as some of the symptoms may include bleeding from the nose, bleeding internally, and the like.

The reason this fact is interesting is that a lot of us Expats probably take aspirin daily and some perhaps other medications like blood thinners for heart issues. And have never thought of or have not been advised of the increased risk they may have should they encounter one of these two not uncommon illnesses.  I know that during dengue outbreaks they take ibuprofen and similar items off the shelves.

Be sure to check for standing water, remove trash and leaves from your property and above all use insect repellent (Detan) reapplying a few times each day and if you see mosquitoes in your home sleep under a mosquito net.

So let’s be careful out there!

6 thoughts on “Chikungunya and Dengue and You

  1. a friend said last week, ‘they’re dropping like flies around here…’ yesterday there were at least 50 people waiting at the blood lab for tests here in jama..

    for me, it took two weeks of ‘dengue.. no, its not dengue it’s chikungunya.. well, no, this blood count number looks suspicious and suggests dengue.. let’s check again.. and finally ‘dengue -dengue’ once from 15 years ago and now the current dengue.’

    wear repellent everyone!

    thanks amiga!

    • Lisa, I thought of you when Joe and I put this article together today. We are trying to be very proactive, spraying around the yard, over the fence in the empty lot, spraying the porch, raking the leaves every day and wearing repellent…It has rained here several nights this week, it was a light rain but that is all that they need to get started. I do wear a great deal of darker shorts and really need to change that because they are definitely attracted to dark clothing….thanks for your take and your great advise. N and J

        • When we lived in Dolega, Panama they would come around and fumigate inside and outside of your house and down the streets. They would fine you if your sinks or toilets were leaking and if there was standing water on the outside of your property. The last time they sprayed here was several months ago. We are attempting to be proactive but our neighbors do not have the funds to spray every day. So we keep applying the Detan in hopes that that will protect us. N

    • Hi Mary and John, had no idea that Jess had been sick. And I just read that the numbers that are being given to the newspapers are just on those cases reported. How many folks have not gone to the clinic or doctor? Nancy

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