It’s summer time in the tropics, and that means rain and mosquitos. And, mosquitos can cause dengue fever and Chikungunya viruses. The World Health Organization estimates the number of infections across the globe to be 50 million per year. This debilitating and sometimes lethal infection affects more and more people every year. While scientists conduct research to find a cure, nature – the leaves of the papaya tree – helps to relieve the symptoms.
Dengue fever and Chikungunya are viruses transmitted by mosquitos. Symptoms include fever, painful muscles and joint aches, headache, chills, rash, and swollen lymph nodes. Pain behind the eyes is also a common symptom. These symptoms usually last about two to four days and then diminish, only to reappear again. The symptoms may last about one to two weeks with complete recovery, in most cases, in a few weeks.
First, if you are living or traveling in the tropics, you should take precaution to avoid mosquitos – wear insect repellent, ensure that windows and doors have screens, eliminate any areas with standing water, avoid going out in the early mornings or late evenings, etc.
The viruses are transmitted from Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes to humans.
Should you have the misfortune of contracting one of these viruses, there’s not much that doctors can currently do except give pain pills. But, nature has its own cure – the juice of papaya leaves! Look at this video to see how to prepare the mixture.
Preparation of Papaya leaf juice. Video by: Mamu Morah on Youtube.com
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