Thursday, May 22, 2014

Chikungunya/Dengue Fever in Haiti and Tanzania.

MacDonald, Haiti

Chinkungunya fever is spreading in Haiti, as reported by Nixon Gabriel. Gabriel is starting an impromptu clinic in the community that is funded by the people in MacDonald. Julie, a CBG director, has sent CBG funds to purchase more medicine.

This picture to the left shows a nurse administering treatment to a patient in Haiti.

The picture to the right is of the outside of the clinic in Haiti.

Dar-er Saalam TANZANIA

According to the Tanzanian government, priority now is to provide appropriate care for the people who have contracted the virus. While there is no specific antiviral treatment for the disease, infected persons can receive free medical care at public hospitals. The latest figure shows there we are 31 patients admitted in various hospitals though the figure could have gone higher.

It is dangerous for anyone feeling malaria signs to take malaria tabs without testing. Patients are advised to go to the hospital for testing to establish what exactly they are suffering from.

About 90% of patients have been found with [milder] dengue fever. In severe cases, the disease progresses to dengue haemorrhagic fever, where patients experience gum and nose bleeding, or dengue shock syndrome, where patients suffer from extremely low blood pressure.

Most people who contract dengue fever recover without complications.  In addition, death occurs in less than 1% of treated cases of the regular disease and between 1-5% of untreated ones. 

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