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Chick-V & Me

Published:Tuesday | November 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Does chik-V affect you mentally? Does it make you depressed and overall affect your mind and how you think long after?

Yes. The virus has a tendency to affect nerve tissues. Doctors who have treated persons with chik-V often report that up to 50 per cent of persons may exhibit depression for up to three years following an acute episode of chik-V.

Will there now be an annual chik-V outbreak during the heights of 'mosquito season', like dengue, etc?

This is certainly possible. Both dengue and chikungunya are spread by the same type of mosquito, Aedes aegypti, and so the pattern of illnesses is likely to be the same.

What kind of vector-control methods can Jamaica use to get rid of the mosquitoes and stop the spread of chik-V?

Jamaica needs to examine all methods of vector control, which would include biological, chemical, and so on. However, we need to evaluate the evidence on each of them closely, particularly from a field perspective, to see if it makes sense to implement. Biological vector control must be a strategy that we pursue aggressively because chemical control is going to be an insufficient method to manage the problem. There are several biological vector-control methods that have been successfully used around the world for quite some time now.