Thursday, January 19, 2006

This can't be good

Crippling disease sweeps Indian Ocean island

Doctors on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion are battling an epidemic of a crippling mosquito-borne disease that has no known cure, French Health Minister Xavier Bertrand said.

About 7,200 cases of "chikungunya" had been recorded, including 1,600 cases last week alone, the minister told the French upper house.

It's not fatal, but it's not much fun either.

But thank goodness the islanders are not in danger of DDT exposure.


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