I like them not. Mosquito by Kelly Watson
When I first heard of Chikungunya I thought it was a joke. It is a laughable name given to a very serious disease, now an epidemic in Sri Lanka. They say that Chikungunya doesn’t kill, but I know elderly and middle aged people who it has killed. Besides that, it’s knocked whole families I know into bed, sick with fever and aching legs and joints. Many of their bones still ache after the fever has passed. He seems horrible and worse, common. I’m sure everyone in Sri Lanka knows someone with the angry chicken, probably intimately. Chikungunya spreads like dengue, but it seems to be under the radar and spreading fast. In short, it sucks and I am hiding under my mosquito net.
Wikipedia, as usual, has more solid roundup, but as yet this is what I know.
The Angry Chicken is transmitted by mosquitoes active in the day (so I hear). Avoid them and you avoid the goon. Of course, a lot depends on where you live. I personally know of who familys getting the goon in Nawala, Mount Lavinia, with a particular focus on Achchi’s houses. The best prevention would prolly be DDT spraying (it’s OK now) of houses and mosquito nets, but you still can’t control your neighbors. Also, the recent rains have meant that mosquitoes are on a breed.
The only treatment I know is to rest and stay in bed. In fact, I think the fever and joint pain are so bad for 5-7 days that you can’t get out of bed. There is no particular medicine, except Pandol and a type of quinine, so stock up on the gin and tonic. What’s criminal is that there was a vaccine trial in 2000, discontinued for lack of funds. I know this is South Asia, but even we have lost enough productivity this month to cover the cost of studies.
I just hope it will pass and leave me untouched, and you and yours.
The word comes from the Makonde language,