Earlier this year, the Dominican Republic declared an outbreak of the Chikungunya virus. The virus is spread by mosquitoes, similar to the Dengue virus, and since April, the Chikungunya virus has affected more than 190,000 Dominicans.
There is no vaccine to prevent Chikungunya virus, nor is there any medicine to treat it. The painful symptoms — high fever, strong joint pain, headaches, muscle pain, nausea, swelling and rash — must run their course in each infected person.
The program includes government employees going door to door to show residents how to control mosquito populations, with Clorox DR employees accompanying them in many locations. Among other tips, these ambassadors are urging residents to keep water containers covered and prevent standing water from collecting in outdoor furniture, toys, and other objects because standing water is what mosquitoes need to host and sustain their larvae. Another critical step is to use bleach to disinfect containers, particularly above the water line, where mosquito larvae live.