Contracting Chikungunya: Our Rash Decision

Not a Christian site that I know of, but I’ve only read this one post. I mean to take a look at their link to a continuation of part of this post. I’m reblogging this for the benefit of just about everyone who reads this. I presume that by now “Chikungunya” is nearly a household word in the USA as we Americans are on top of information that affects our health and anything that sounds scary. To be honest, this sounds scary. 🙂 If you live or travel to just about anywhere in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean (especially), or Florida, or anywhere in the SE USA, or Gulf Coast, or Atlantic Coast or anywhere between say…the Atlantic and the Pacific, you might do well to pay attention and read this so you’ll know what this is about. I pray none of us ever contract this horrific disease, but it is rapidly spreading. It first appeared in the Caribbean in December 2013. It’s now considered epidemic there and the percentage of people contracting it there is startling, especially in such a short period of time. Hope this is helpful. If you know anyone heading to South Florida or the Caribbean, be sure to take ample precautions and pray for the best. What else can I say? Oh yeah. You’re welcome! Alan

Nic and Jacelyn

Chikungunya, how do I even begin to describe you?  I’m speechless as I consider this strange, arthropod-borne, African illness that had me down for 10 days.  Have you ever even heard of it before?  I hadn’t until this past January, when I saw a poster about it in the hospital here in Dominica. Locally, people are calling it “The Chik”, and every other person you meet has had it. In fact, it’s recently been declared an epidemic in the Caribbean. Personally, I think The Chik is a sneaky, little bastardo, and it’s worth it to go geeky for a few minutes and check out what the medical literature is saying. (Note: no plagiarism here! I’ve gotten this info by looking up “Chikungunya Fever” on UpToDate.)

Chikungunya was first identified in the 1950’s during an outbreak in Tanzania, and it’s here that The Chik got it’s strange name. It’s…

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What’s up? or rather, ¿Qué pasa? Hola, I’m Alan. I’m a missionary living in Mexico. We have a heart for MK Education and so we teach at a local Christian school with MK students as well as nationals and foreign students as well. I occasionally write or have a pic to share with you at my blog, Knowing Your ABCDs, which you can read with a click on the button above. You can read my blog with a click on the button above.
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1 Response to Contracting Chikungunya: Our Rash Decision

  1. Nic says:

    HI! Thanks so much for re-blogging our post on Chikungunya. In response to your first post, we are, indeed, Christians. We are also missionaries! I’ve been working on the island as a missionary while my wife finishes up med school. Our goal, after 4 years in the States (Rotations and residency), is to head back overseas and be lifelong missionaries. The amazing kids you see in our pic were siblings that we adopted here on Dominica.

    Thanks, again!


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