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Bite of the week

Published:Thursday | October 2, 2014 | 12:00 AM

HELLO MI neighbour! Would you believe that some persons are actually claiming immunity to chik-V and are even laughing at those who are so 'bitten'? Be careful!

Last Monday, my mechanic who proudly brushed aside the chik-V-like symptoms was restricted to bed by the following morning by those very symptoms. Nuh laff! Could it be chikungunya?

Information posted on the website of the World Health Organization (WHO) states that chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes, causes fever and severe joint pain and can also cause muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash.

The WHO said until a cure is identified, treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms. Patients normally recover fully, but in some cases, joint pain may persist for several months, or even years. Occasional cases of eye, neurological, heart complications as well as gastrointestinal complaints have been reported. In older people, the disease can contribute to the cause of death.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that the best way to protect oneself from chikungunya is to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes. To help guarantee this, one should use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and pants (skimpy clothes wearers, take heed!), use window/door screens to keep out mosquitoes and reduce their breeding ground - they thrive in stagnant water!

However strong one may be, when this virus strikes, the victim becomes almost as weak as a rat. And there could be added misery if there is no one around to offer help. Every day we are reminded in some shape or form that we are all vulnerable and need the shoulders of one another to lean on from time to time. As Bill Withers reminds:

Sometimes in our lives

We all have pain, we all have sorrow...

Please, swallow your pride

If I have things you need to borrow

For no one can fill those of your needs

That you won't let show

Lean on me when you're not strong

And I'll be your friend, I'll help you carry on

For it won't be long

'Til I'm gonna need somebody to lean on.

As technology and travel cause our world to become smaller, viruses and diseases will no longer be confined to one particular region. Are we getting the picture? We must take our health in hand and do what we must. It can no longer be me, myself and I. It has got to be me, you and the guy next door working together for our total good. Remember that an important key to good health is a clean environment and clean thoughts.

"Sometimes it's hard for me to understand

why we pull away from each other so easily

even though we're all walkin' the same road

Yet we build dividing walls between our

brothers and ourselves, but I, I don't care

What label you may wear, if you believe in Jesus

... the bond we share...will change the world forever

... join with me..."

Please respond to 'opportunities to help' below:

Thanks to neighbours:

1. Mr Blackwood, Clarendon, for offering a bed to a neighbour.

2. Mr Fong, St Andrew, for assisting needy student with school fee and uniforms.

3. Neighbour, St Andrew, for donation of household items to fire victim.

4. Hopelyn, St Catherine, for offering clothing to needy neighbour.

5. Mrs Brown, St Ann, for offer of clothing for females.

Opportunities to help

Dorothy, Manchester, needs a second-hand sewing machine as income generator.

Neighbour, asking for a dining table and other household items.

Donovon, St Thomas, fishing boat was stolen. Asking for a second-hand engine which can be repaired.

Neighbour, children are very young and she has no food for them.

Delores, St Catherine, caring for grandchildren and in need of a sewing machine to help with income.

Young mother needs urgent medical attention (surgery) - has no money.

To help, please call 334-8165, 884-3866, 299-3412 or deposit to acct # 351 044 276 NCB. (Bank routing #: JNCBJMKX) or send donations to Hello Neighbour, c/o 53 Half-Way Tree Road, Kingston 10; email: helloneighbour@yahoo.com.