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Chikungunya Latest Update

Providenciales, 21 Oct 2014 – Since posting our Chikungunya information video to YouTube set to the catchy song by young Wayne J of Jamaica; Magnetic Media has seen its subscriptions grow by nearly 500% and the video has now been watched by over 184 thousand viewers… it was posted three weeks ago and has elicited over 300 comments including a suggestion that the song be played on CNN, with confessions of those who are suffering from ChikV and with advice like this: “Wayne J, amazing stuff.

Not easy to take something as serious as CHIKV and have an informative hit song. Protect yourself people–tip pour and toss. Vector Control!” The Caribbean Public Health Agency’s report for October 20 shows that The Turks and Caicos is unchanged since the Minister of Health’s press conference and the subsequent lead the Premier took in a post Cabinet press conference on this health matter; the Premier had said reporting would be re-established. The TCI has not reported since Week 28 while CARPHA is on Week 42 of recording the impact of Chikungunya Virus in the region. Only St Kitts and Nevis lags behind; the TCI and Haiti at the same reporting level to this regional body on ChikV, an illness which has caused 141 deaths. Meanwhile the CDC has issued new guidelines for Ebola care.

Late last night it was explained the measures are voluntary, not required by law. Now, no skin should be left uncovered; street clothes and shoes should be replaced with waterproof fabric and boots; and that every step of putting on and taking off equipment must be done under the eyes of a supervisor whose job is to prevent mistakes. Read more at the Centers for Disease control website. The Turks and Caicos was supposed to begin non-contact infrared temperature monitoring yesterday at the Provo Airport; we understand that process is delayed.

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