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Old 19-08-2016, 18:17   #61
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Re: Zika and adult brain damage

Thats it! I'm getting a gun and an anchor!
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Old 19-08-2016, 18:18   #62
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had the new flu shot 2 months ago/ crook for awhile but feel good now /as a precaution, we more next to a touristy tapas bar in the mangrove swamp we are in the mozzie habitat

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Old 19-08-2016, 18:49   #63
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Then this for you means the end of tropical vacations in any foreseeable future. For Dengue, Chikungunya and now Zika are all well established.

Not a joke.

We have been thru Chikungunya back in 2013/14. You do not want to hear our story, but basically we never fully recovered. I also have a friend who nearly died from Dengue.

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I am truly sorry to hear of your plight with mosquito born tropical diseases. You alone understand the health risks born by these little blood suckeres.

If any good can come from Zika is that it will make many more aware of tropical diseases, the ravages to the body, the often long term painful effects and even death these diseases can cause. Hopefully this heightened awareness will bring about greater precaution by many more people.

What makes Zika different from other, what are called euphemistically, tropical diseases. It is its destructive results and very importantly it's epidemiology.

Stop and think on this. For the first time in its history. The United States CDC has issued a travel warning and a self policed travel ban for a United States City. Miami now is the first city within the USA to be virtually off base for any child bearing aged women.

What is the CDC going to do when it's acknowledged that Zika is also a serious threat to otherwise healthy males and females. Are we going to see the CDC issue an advisory to stop all travel by everyone to Miami. Maybe because of the money that will lost to the economy they may well not issue such a warning. But logic would say that such a warning shouldn't be far off.

I personally wouldn't stop going to the Caribbean. I would however not sit around unprotected. Long sleeves and long pants. If the mosquitoes are prevent all day and night I would act accordingly. If they only come out in the late afternoon and night then I would enjoy greater dress freedom in the mornings and lunchtime.

Reasonable precautions for sailing in the Caribbean and South Florida:

1. Use protective clothing for mosquito risk times of day and night

2. Use mosquito repellant constantly

3. Make your boat a mosquito free haven with mosquito netted enclosed cockpits and all vents and hatches.

4. Instead of sundowner on shore at a bar, invite other boaters and friends to your boat mosquito safe space for late afternoon sunset drinks.

With insect repellent and effective physical barrier protection I would sail off to the BVI's. I may even sail to South Florida. San such precautions definitely not.

Anyone remember Audrey Hepburn in the movie called African Queen. The hat she wore with mosquito netting. Sensible people back then new of the dangers of hot climate diseases. Perhaps we will start to see Audrey Hepburn style hats in St Barts.
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had the new flu shot 2 months ago/ crook for awhile but feel good now /as a precaution, we more next to a touristy tapas bar in the mangrove swamp we are in the mozzie habitat

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Sorry. The flu shot isn't going to help you with Zika.
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No, a/c was not invented for malaria, it was invented for commercial use like movie theatres. Hot summers folks would go into air conditioned buildings. Which is what made the movie industry take off.
Refrigeration and AC were invented way before there were any movie theaters. They were invented to move meat and produce from far away places where it was abundant and cheap (Australia, Argentina, etc) to where it could fetch the highest price - Europe. Later it was used by railroads and developers to entice paying public to places such as Florida. And only later to keep the moviegoers cool.
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Sorry. The flu shot isn't going to help you with Zika.
Supposedly the zika vaccine is being developed as we speak. And the usual period of trials to the market - a few years - may be shortened to about a year or so.
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Thats it! I'm getting a gun and an anchor!
Get an old bronze cannon and catch both birds with one stone.
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Read today they are looking for volunteers to test zika Bonus .Maybe get life long immunity and save on netting.
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Read today they are looking for volunteers to test zika Bonus .Maybe get life long immunity and save on netting.
Could never understand this "looking for volunteers" thing when the prisons are supposedly so full.
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My guess is that in less than a year there will be a vaccine.
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My guess is that in less than a year there will be a vaccine.
And we'll on to the next "scare de jour".
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thankyou / there have been some zika cases amongst people returning from trips / we are used to protecting from dengue, ross river and cholera. very few cases reported / burning citronella oil in a hurricane lamp helps repel mosquito's and doubles as a second anchor light /
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oops I forgot malaria ,prickly heat and salt water crocodiles
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may now cause

That's not science, that's pure speculation.

Just like they say the earth "May be warming" or "icecaps may melt"
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Just saw an interview with a South Beach hotel owner, said today he had 4 cancellations today. Before going across to the Bahamas we usually jump off from Miami, this year we'll leave from Ft Lauderdale. Who cruises with AC? Why all the talk about AC?
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