Are Mosquitoes The True Chikungunya Carriers?
There is a disease right now that is ravaging Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. It has been in other world locations too. The name of this disease is:
At this very moment, the woman I love with all my heart and soul is laying in bed in anguish. Please say a prayer for Lastheart that she gets well soon.
Supposedly this dastardly disease is spread via mosquitoes, but many people, including myself doubt that fact.
Mosquitoes have been blamed for carrying and spreading many diseases. Just consider the chart below.
Eastern equine encephalitis
Triple E, Sleeping Sickness
Eastern United States
high fever, muscle pain, altered mental status, headache, meningeal irritation, photophobia, seizures
corticosteroids, anticonvulsants, intravenous fluids, tracheal intubation, antipyretics
Southeast Asia and East Asia
Fever, headache, malaise; it usually leads to mental retardation
vaccines available: SA14-14-2, IC51 (marketed in Australia and New Zealand as JESPECT and elsewhere as IXIARO) and ChimeriVax-JE (marketed as IMOJEV)
La Crosse encephalitis
Applachians and Midwest United States
nausea, headache, vomiting in milder cases and seizures, coma, paralysis and permanent brain damage in severe cases
Very rare. No treatments or cures are available.
St. Louis encephalitis
Midwest United States
Similar to Japanese
West Nile virus
Headache and flu like symptoms
For the most part....none. Rest and heavy liquids.
Western equine encephalitis
States West of the Mississippi River
Has attacked mostly horses. Very few humans have ever been infected.
All over, but primarily locations near the equator
fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, skin rash
Rehydration and sometimes blood transfusion
Mostly tropical and subtropical regions
fever, fatigue, vomiting and headaches; worst.... yellow skin, seizures, coma or death
Over the years, anti malaria drugs have been developed. It attacks the liver so quick treatment must be made.
Rift Valley Fever
Africa and Arabia
fever, headache, myalgia and liver abnormalities. Can also cause brain loss.
There is a vaccine, but hard to obtain.
Yellow Jack, Yellow Plague
South America and Africa
fever, chills, loss of appetite, nausea, muscle pains particularly in the back, and headaches
Hospital!! There is a vaccine for yellow fever.
Now To The Point
As you probably noticed, I did not put Chikungunya in the table.
The similarities to many of these are amazing.
All of these diseases are given to humans via mosquitoes, and some are passed by other means. In researching all of these, I discovered something that brings a terrible feeling inside.
Watch the following video, and then I will share my theories.
Ebola has been spreading like ants across Africa, and is now hitting in the United States.
My first theory was this:
The Chikungunya disease has quite similar symptoms to Ebola. It has been shown that by giving low levels of some diseases such as flu, our bodies build defenses to fight off the main disease.
Could it be possible that the CDC is giving populations low levels of Ebola to build an overall defense against this possible plague?
My head is reeling....Chikungunya....Chicken sandwiches or nuggets from McDonalds?
Could it be??
Maggie seems much better today.
Is she now able to defend herself against Ebola?
The questions are numerous.... I just have a hard time with all these NEW mosquito borne diseases.
Well, either way, protect yourself. Chikungunya is difficult to deal with. These are measures the CDC has said to protect yourself:
- Use air conditioning or window/door screens to keep mosquitoes outside. If you are not able to protect yourself from mosquitoes inside your home or hotel, sleep under a mosquito bed net.
- Help reduce the number of mosquitoes outside your home or hotel room by emptying standing water from containers such as flowerpots or buckets.
- When weather permits, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Use insect repellents
- Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide long lasting protection.
- If you use both sunscreen and insect repellent, apply the sunscreen first and then the repellent.
- Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothing.
- Treat clothing with permethrin or purchase permethrin-treated clothing.
- Always follow the label instructions when using insect repellent or sunscreen.
Unnamed Doctors (I do not want to endanger them).
© 2014 Greg Boudonck