Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Chikungunya Virus

Chikungunya (pronunciation: chik-en-gun-ye) virus is transmitted to people by mosquitoes. The most common symptoms of chikungunya virus infection are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash. Outbreaks have occurred in countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. In late 2013, chikungunya virus was found for the first time in the Americas on islands in the Caribbean. There is a risk that the virus will be imported to new areas by infected travelers. There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat chikungunya virus infection. Travelers can protect […]


How to Prepare for Allergic Reactions When the Grid Goes Down

According to the CDC the prevalence of food and skin allergies has increased at an alarming rate in children under the age of 18 from the year 1997 to 2011. Additionally, they say that Allergic conditions are the most common medical conditions affecting children in the US so it is highly likely that you will have to plan for dealing with allergies in one form or another if the grid goes down. Your plan may involve members of your own family or if you are working within a larger group, chances are that one of the members will have some […]


Baffling Illness Strikes Africa, Turns Children Into Violent "Zombies"

World Health Organization is on high alert about new Ugandan outbreak, cause is not fully known It’s called the “nodding disease” and it’s a baffling illness that has struck thousands of children in northern Uganda.  The illness brings on seizures, violent behavior, personality changes, and a host of other unusual symptoms. I. Violent and Mindless: Child Victims Have no Cure, no Future Grace Lagat, a northern Uganda native, is mother of two children — Pauline Oto and Thomas — both of whom are victims of the disease.  For their safety, when she leaves the house, she now ties them up, using […]