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Chikungunya! What's the reality? What do you think?


#1

[p]I have a friend going to Jamaica with her young kids over Christmas, and I have a group of 11 people I’ve arranged to go in February. I am guessing with Ebola happening [strong]Chikungunya [/strong]is getting less attention than it might otherwise.[/p][p]
[/p][p]In the news here in Toronto this week this issue broke in the major papers including that Jamaica has over 60% of the population infected.[/p][p]
It’s really everywhere… [a href=“http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/chikungunya-saint-martin”]http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/chikungunya-saint-martin[/a]   [/p][p]
[/p][p]What do you think about all this? Will it make you hesitate to travel?   A person in my group asked if the agency, operator, or resort would allow a change if there is concern… or even a travel advisory… [/p][p]Jamaica has issued a STATE OF EMERGENCY. [a href=“http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-10-21/jamaica-declares-state-emergency-try-stop-spread-painful-chikungunya-virus”]http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-10-21/jamaica-declares-state-emergency-try-stop-spread-painful-chikungunya-virus[/a] [/p][p]
[/p][p]I really wonder what is going to come of all this. I’m a realist… I find it hard to believe that anyone is going to start allowing trip cancellations crushing the tourism economy just as the holidays and high season starts…[/p][p]
Should we be worried???[/p][p]
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#2

Chikungunya made it to the US last year. Similar to Chicken Pox in that once you recover, you carry it and can have future problems. Unlike Chicken Pox that mosquitos can’t carry from you to another person.
Like other mosquito borne diseases, you can take precautions or don’t go if you’re worried.
We have West Nile virus in Canada. Much worse and mosquito borne, but Lyme disease scares me more.

More info here:
http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/diseases/chikungunya


#3

If you would like to read more you can always check out our article [a href=“http://www.debbiesdominicantravel.com/debbie_meets/130_travel_article_caribbean.html”]I hate Mosquitoes[/a] to get more information how to protect yourself etc


#4

I caught the virus in Canouan in August. There were no warnings at the hotel Staff had it All the nurses on the island had it… The place was alive with mosquitoes.
I have ended up with the long term affects which is basically Reactive Rheumatoid Arthritis
At one point I couldn’t walk or open a bottle of water and that was a month after the initial infection had gone away. The only treatment that took it away was Steroids. I am still on a low dose 4 months later
The Caribbean countries are playing down the infection because of Tourism Jamaica declared a state of national health emergency
Many forums have played down the affect, but these are people who haven’t suffered the consequences or investigated the reality
Its a very serious and debilitating disease. I was a very healthy energetic individual before, I now have the prospect of years of pain and medication. Its virtually impossible to protect yourself completely from mosquito bites. I have a holiday home in the Caribbean and now cannot let my Family visit until the outbreak has passed. I am immune apparently
We were due to go to the Caribbean for Christmas and New Year but made other plans as I wouldn’t take the risk with their health
I have many friends in Trinidad and Tobago who have or have had the disease and they say that nearly every family has it. Of course, some will be saying they have it to avoid work as generally they don’t bother testing
I’m lucky enough not to rely on manual labour to earn a living. If I were a construction worker , for instance, I would now be unable to work
That’s the reality


#5

Thanks for the update mighton. Welcome to Debbie’s.
Where is your holiday home in the Caribbean?