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The 2005-2007 chikungunya epidemic in réunion: ambiguous etiologies, memories, and meaning-making.
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PMID:  23406067     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
From March 2005 to April 2007 the French overseas department and Indian Ocean island of Réunion was significantly affected by an epidemic of chikungunya. Chikungunya is a vector-spread disease (by the aedes albopictus mosquito) that leads to painful rheumatic symptoms. The disease infected approximately one third of the island's total population of 802,000 inhabitants (Rallu 2009 ). This article is a discussion of local etiological accounts of chikungunya. The primary topic raised by informants was whether chikungunya was a vector- or air-borne disease. Even though informants had access to substantial biomedical information concerning the disease and its transmission, some were convinced by it and others were not. In order to make meaning of the disease, the Réunionese drew on various types of medical knowledge from different health sectors simultaneously. To understand people's experiences with chikungunya, we must account for all of their etiological explanations.
Karine Aasgaard Jansen
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical anthropology     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1545-5882     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Anthropol     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-02-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7707343     Medline TA:  Med Anthropol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  174-89     Citation Subset:  IM    
a Department of Archaeology , History, Cultural Studies and Religion, University of Bergen , Bergen , Norway.
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