Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. '02 | June 4, 2014 | Notre Dame Magazine
A previously unseen virus is tearing through the Western Hemisphere. A global traveler over the last decade, it has made its way from sub-Saharan Africa into Asia and now into the Caribbean, exploding into eighteen new countries in a matter of months, discovering a multitude of new hosts in this region of the world.
“Be aware. The chikungunya is here,” the text from my colleague said, received as I boarded the flight from Miami to Haiti in the second week of May. Panic-monger, I thought to myself, remembering the list of diseases —West Nile, dengue fever, monkeypox — that hadn’t lived up to the hype, but SARS, MERS and swine flu did. Which type of epidemic would this be?