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First case of locally acquired chikungunya is reported in US

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 18 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4706

Parasitology and Public Health

Prolific and horrific, but also voracious and audacious, parasites* are Mother Nature's mini-monsters and teensy beasties that trap us in a morbid Möbius loop and biphasic food chain, in which we're both hector and vector, predator and prey, chef and buffet, diner and dinner, and winner and loser, thus suggesting that we each need personal prevention with merciful intervention.**

*Parasites include viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, worms, insects, and arachnids.
**Hygiene and nutrition are key, since we're now in the post-antibiotic era of superbugs and superinfections.

Competing interests: No competing interests

21 July 2014
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO, USA