We have lots of mosquitoes in and around the house making us forget about the pets we never had. Mosquitoes really don’t unhygienic environment to live and breed. Our area is neat and there are no waters or clogged drainages. Somehow, they manage to breed comfortably in this tropical climate. When I landed in my native town, that night I saw my father with a yellow coloured but small tennis racquet. I found that funny when I saw him swaying it in a new fashion. Then my mother explained it to me that it was a mosquito bat which could burn mosquitoes if they came into contact with the racquet. What an invention!
In 2007, a plague named Chikungunya ravaged and ransacked the innocent green streets of Kerala killing around 200 people. The name and the disease was unknown to many and only very few of the Keralites knew of the viral fever detected in 1955 in Africa. Chikungunya, we read apprehensively is caused by an alphavirus and is spread by the bite of Aedes and Culex mosquitoes. Well, we did not know about the alphavirus nor could we recognise the Aedes and Culex mosquitoes. And this did not make things any easier. Whoever had fever in the rainy season was worried and doctors provided information on the symptoms of Chikungunya.
The symptoms are like dengue fever without its hemorrhagic or shock syndrome form. They may last for a few weeks causing discomfort and concern. It is relatively non-fatal and is not transmitted from one human to another and there are no vaccines!
Precautions and care
Chikungunfya terrorises India and the Indian ocean islands especially during the rainy season. You may take extra caution to keep the virus away as you travel in the infected area.
I love traveling. And when I walked through the yard in a place in California I saw mosquitoes ravaging our exploring team. I was surprised at the number and was glad that I did not wear black attracting them as one of my friends did. Mosquitoes seem to be literally everywhere.