Taiwan Gives Haiti $100,000 to Eliminate Chikungunya

Taiwan, Haiti's ally for more than 50 years, is stepping up to help Haiti fight a new epidemic, the Chikungunya virus, whose first case was reported in May 2013. So far estimates range from 39,000'40,000 of the Haitian populace, afflicted with the debilitating disease. The statistics were released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Department, Deputy Director General, Florencia Hsie. The Ministry covers South American Caribbean Affairs.

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The Taiwanese government has given Haiti $100,000 USD to use for methods to halt the virus in its tracks. Two types of mosquitoes are carriers of Chikungunya, the Asian Tiger and Aides Aegypti. The technique will be to disinfect the places where they breed, so their eggs cannot hatch. It goes to the root of the problem and is a preventive measure.

A vaccine has not yet been developed by researchers, and the only remedy available is pain medication like acetaminophen. The symptoms of Chikungunya are fever, extreme joint and muscle pain, and also headaches, nausea, fatigue, and areas of inflamed skin.

The virus has swept throughout the Caribbean and other areas in the South Region, reportedly some 20 countries. Some of them encompass the Virgin Islands, Dominica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, French Guyana, and Suriname.

The Haitian people are very stubborn about using other measures to protect themselves, such as mosquito nets. They have resigned themselves to catching the disease. They believe it is a business- and government-sponsored way of gaining social control over them.

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