They could not conceal the dengue fever. Now it’s another mosquito-borne disease that can devastate those unlucky enough to be infected.
As usual, the Castro regime’s ministers are withholding vital information from the Cuban people for the sake of public relations. Epidemics have a way of quickly spreading across the island and of bringing to the surface all of the horrendous inadequacies of its health care system.
Chikungunya is an Alphavirus transmitted to humans by Aedes mosquitoes. It hails from Africa and South Asia and has begun to affect the Caribbean region, as well as Florida and Nebraska in the United States.
CHIKV is transmitted similarly to dengue fever. It begins with a high fever that lasts two to five days. Afterwards, headaches and joint pains follow. The joint pain may be severe and persist for many years.
Chikungunya gets its name from a word in Makonde language that means “that which bends up,” because patients are often contorted with pain. Makonde is spoken in Tanzania and Mozambique in Africa. Those infected by the disease can spend weeks in bed, doubled up in pain.
There is no known cure for Chikungunya.
You can find a full description of the disease HERE, on the web site of the The World Health Organization.
The Aedes mosquito can be found throughout the Southern United States and sometimes as far north as New York and Nebraska.
From Global Dispatch:
This past Friday, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported for the first time, two imported chikungunya cases on the island country; however, it appears that it may be worse than the PAHO reports.
Hablemos Press report reported Friday that doctors at the Vladimir Ilich Lenin University General Hospital, in the eastern province of Holguín, are reporting cases of chikungunya fever in several provinces including Guantánamo, Granma, Las Tunas, Santiago de Cuba, and in Havana.
Hospitals report that they have notified the Cuban health ministry. This has prompted the National Health System to secure a school building in Holguín for quarantining infected patients.
Although health authorities are asking for the public’s cooperation in destroying mosquito breeding sites, the report says that government health authorities are basically quiet on the subject.
The PAHO has reported a total of 135,427 confirmed and suspected cases in 17 countries in the Latin and non-Latin Caribbean.