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Chikungunya cover-up?

Published:Wednesday | September 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Chikungunya is an arthropod-borne virus that is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.

It is characterised by high fever and moderate to severe joint pain. Sufferers of chikungunya will often develop a rash on their body and limbs. This rash may look like purple or red spots, or small red bumps.

Now, my son, wife and a few other relatives, friends and neighbours in different areas had or currently have the above-mentioned symptoms, plus headaches, nausea, muscle pain, fatigue and vomiting.

My wife and son were both tested for chikungunya and the results came back negative, but my wife still has some of the symptoms listed.

Is there a cover-up? Or is this something new that has spawned from chikungunya or, possibly, dengue? Dengue has very similar symptoms. In my opinion, this virus seems to have evolved into something entirely new.

Come on, Ministry of Health, your figures seem way below the realistic figure on the ground.

WARREN HALL

warway9@yahoo.com