Are the dog days of summer bringing you down? Warm weather brings mosquitoes, which can transmit diseases like Chikungunya. PADF is training young people in the Caribbean to be more prepared for potential environmental hazards and natural disasters. Read on to learn more about Chikungunya and for instructions on a simple way to reduce your risk.
The virus was first described during an outbreak in southern Tanzania in 1952 and has now been identified in nearly 40 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and, most recently, the Americas. The mosquito bite transmits a virus that causes fever and joint pain. To reduce your exposure to Chikungunya-carrying mosquitoes, try building PADF's “do-it-yourself” mosquito trap.
Knowledge is power, and when you are aware of risks, you are better able to protect yourself and respond if disaster strikes. Give the project a try and let us know how it goes!