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Time to change your travel plans or stock up on bug spray. Health officials in the U.S. have issued a travel advisory for St. Martin due to a mosquito-borne virus that has already infected ten people on the Caribbean island. Fortunately, the chikungunya virus (say that ten times fast) is not life threatening; most patients typically recover within a week.…

According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), chikungunya fever continues to be active in Asia and the Indian Ocean region: In 2009, the Ministry of Health in Malaysia reported over 4,430 cases of chikungunya fever. No deaths were reported. The most affected areas were the northern provinces of Sarawak Kedah, followed by Kelantan, Selangor, and Perak. Chikungunya fever activity has…

Weather is enjoying celebrity-like status in the news this year.  The unusually warm weather in Vancouver has caused all kinds of problems with the outdoor Olympic events, but these abnormal conditions are not unique to British Columbia.  Many areas of Canada and the U.S. are experiencing unseasonable warmth and rain, or equally unusual cold and snow.  These strange patterns extend…

New Scientist magazine is reporting a scientific advance that may hold the key to defeating  a mosquito-borne virus that turned dangerous and deadly and has been spreading across the world for the past five years. Carried by the tiger mosquito and driven by the forces of global commerce, chikungunya  virus causes fever, headache, nausea as well as excruciating pain in…

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