For me, at least … It’s been a long 15 weeks since I first contracted Chikungunya, 5 days after arriving back on Bequia. (I previously wrote about this here, here, here, here, here and here.) A VERY long 15 weeks!! I can honestly say though that this past week I haven’t been noticing the problems of numbness in my hands, tiredness during the day, or sleepless nights. In fact, some lingering pain in my right shoulder and bicep are all that remain. And even that goes unnoticed most of the day. So it seems the virus has run its course. I know that I cannot be infected again, but hope there isn’t a recurrence during the next year or so. I would not want to go through this again!
But, just when we thought people outside the tropics were safe, this article came to my attention. Apparently there is cause for concern that Chikungunya-bearing mosquitoes can breed in Canada. I hope this isn’t true or, if it is, that someone finds a way of stopping these mosquitoes from breeding. This is one nasty virus that needs to be eradicated!
“Bad biter: there’s a new nipper in town” article by Josh Pennell in The Telegram, St. John’s, Nfld.
At least the first snow has already fallen across much of Canada, so mosquitoes and Chikungunya won’t be a concern here again until the spring and summer. But just be extra careful then, people! As I said in my first blog post, You cannot begin to imagine …