BATTLING CHIKUNGUNYA AND DENGUE
Like most people living in Saint Lucia we all dread getting either dengue or chikungunya. At the beginning of the outbreak of chikungunya my pharmacist recommended I use ODOMOS. It is a highly recommended repellent for the mosquitoes that carry the dengue and chikungunya virus. I have been using it now for nearly three months. So far it has worked! I also "googled" it and found that it is one of the best preventative ointments on the market. This week I rang two pharmacies to buy more. Unfortunately, it appears they are all sold out. I went further to determine when it would be available. I was shocked to find it is indeed here on island but that the department of Customs and Excise will not let it be cleared. The reason, I am told, is because they need a special licence from the Ministry of Health. This is because they are deeming it a pesticide. ODOMOS contains only twelve percent deet (the chemical found in pesticides).
ODOMOS is also highly recommended for children and in India, where there is a high incidence of dengue, it is the repellent of choice. In the meantime more and more people are being affected here by chikungunya. This could also impact our tourist trade if visitors contract it here and then go back to spread the news that we are not a safe place to vacation. Should we not be doing everything we can to protect ourselves from this nasty affliction?