Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 6th 2014 Contents • Most people infected with chikungunya
virus will develop some symptoms.
• Symptoms usually begin 3--7 days after
being bitten by an infected mosquito.
• The most common symptoms are fever
and joint pain.
• Other symptoms may include headache,
muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash.
• Chikungunya disease does not often
result in death, but the symptoms can be
severe and disabling.
• Most patients feel better within a week.
In some people, the joint pain may persist
• People at risk for more severe disease
include newborns infected around the
time of birth, older adults (65 years), and
people with medical
conditions such as high blood pressure,
diabetes, or heart disease.
• Once a person has been infected, he or
she is likely to be protected from future
• There is no medicine to treat
chikungunya virus infection or disease.
• Decrease the symptoms:
• Get plenty of rest
• Drink fluids to prevent dehydration
• Take medicines, such as ibuprofen,
naproxen, acetaminophen, or
paracetamol, to relieve fever and pain.
There are now 12 confirmed
cases of the Chikungunya Virus
(ChikV) in T&T, and Health Min-
ister Dr Fuad Khan is warning
that this is reason to be con-
In a telephone interview yes-
terday, Chief Medical Officer at
the ministry, Dr Colin Furlonge,
confirmed the 12 cases, which he
said were distributed throughout
Also contacted yesterday, Khan,
who was out of the country, said
he was not aware of the new cases
but said he was concerned at the
"The number of cases is climb-
ing and people should be con-
cerned. It could be that people
aren t cleaning up their surround-
ings, but I m also calling on Insect
Vector Control Division (IVCD) to
get their act together... I ll have to
Khan said he planned to speak
to Furlonge for an update and to
issue further directives.
But Furlonge said all cases of
ChikV in T&T were mild, saying
no-one has been hospitalised so
"From a clinical point of view,
all patients are under control.
They re all home and managing
well. Those who were first infected
have recovered fully."
He urged the public to continue
to clean up around their homes
and surroundings, saying spraying
alone could not stop the spread of
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ChikV toll in T&T now 12
Fuad to raise heat
on vector division
While the number of cases of
ChikV increases, staff at the
Cunupia IVCD Lab, which mon-
itors the population of the Aedes
aegypti mosquito, are still claim-
ing they are unable to work
owing to unsuitable working
In a telephone interview yes-
terday, a staff member said Dr
Roshan Parasram, head of IVCD,
issued a directive to staff to
resume work to monitor the Aedes
aegypti population, but they had
not done so.
The employee said: "As far as
I know, no-one at Cunupia has
resumed work. You have people
coming, sitting, doing nothing
whole day and no one is telling
them what is going on."
The employee said since the
lab was relocated to Cunupia in
January no work has been done,
and four out of 13 lab employees
chose to work at the old lab build-
ing in St Joseph, where they dealt
with emergency cases.
Asked about the functioning of
the IVCD Lab in Cunupia, Khan
said the staff "are still refusing to
work in Cunupia and some of
them chose to stay in St Joseph.
The CMO and permanent secre-
tary are trying to resolve the issue."
Lab staff say although the lab
is new it was not designed for the
type of work required. One of its
main functions is to monitor the
population of Aedes aegypti mos-
quitoes, one of two that spread
Lab not monitoring
Dr Colin Furlonge
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