I stepped outside to see some of the work going on outside and I noticed Gilbert on the ground. He said, “The fever just hit me!” This has been the case for many of our staff and people in our community for the last 5 days. This crazy fever that originated in Africa hit our little island about a month ago. Here’s the description that was sent out.
“Chikungunya fever is a mosquito-transmitted viral disease transmitted by the Aedes mosquito, the same type that causes dengue fever and which bites mostly during the daytime. Symptoms usually begin 3-7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. They typically include fever and severe joint pain in the hands and feet. Other symptoms may include fever, headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, and rash. There is no specific antiviral treatment for chikungunya virus, but medicines are available to help reduce fever and pain.”
We would greatly appreciate your prayers for us during this time. I still have enough medication to hand out but supplies are quickly diminishing. Among the list of those with the fever is our friend SuAnne who was here visiting last week. The fever hit as she was leaving. She arrived home in Wisconsin, but is down with the fever.
Pressing on, Plateau Anse Rouge