Oh great! Just what we need!

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Mosquito-borne African virus a new threat to West

Awesome.  So glad I moved to Vancouver in ’98.  I think I’ve seen a total of 3 mosquitos this whole time.

“Unlike West Nile virus, where nine out of 10 people are going to be totally asymptomatic, or may have a mild headache or a stiff neck, if you get Chikungunya you’re going to be sick,” he said.

“The disease can be fatal. It’s a serious disease,” Diaz added. “There is no vaccine.”

Chikungunya infection causes fever, headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, rash and joint pain. Symptoms can last a few weeks, though some suffers have reported incapacitating joint pain or arthritis lasting months.

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