Z is for – Zika Virus

All over the Caribbean and Latin America Zika is making an appearance.  Though the Dominican Republic as of yet remains unaffected it is only a matter of time for it to spread here from Haiti or from people on incoming flights.  This is the second new vector borne virus to hit the island in two years.  Two years ago Chikungunya hit DR.  Within months it spread to a very large number of people, me among them.  A year and a half ago my partner I contracted the illness and are still suffering with it to this day.

We are very apprehensive and concerned about Zika Virus.  The outcomes in other countries for pregnant women are frightening.  The rate of pregnancies here could mean a lot of disabled children being born, deaths of the seriously ill, and simply no one wants another virus.  Many of it’s symptoms equal that of chikungunya and dengue.

So, now it’s add, to the plethora of tropical illnesses we already have:

Vector borne:  malaria, dengue (several strains), chikungunya, lymphatic filiariasis and soon to be Zika

E-coli
Salmonella/Typhoid Fever
Campylobacter
Cholera
Leprosy
Shigellosis
Noravirus
Rotavirus
Tetanus
Hepatitis A & B
Rabies (yes people still die from rabies here)
Cyclosporosis
Leptospirosis
Schistosomiasis
Cryptosporidia
Tuberculosis
Amoebiasis
Giardiasis
AIDS / SIDA

This is by no means a complete list.  Before entering DR check with your doctor to ensure any vaccinations you may need are up to date.  Practice safety.  Be aware!  Bring first aid kits equipped with whatever medications you may need and mosquito repellent with DEET (do not take chances with less effective sprays).  Your hotel may not have or they will be available at greatly inflated prices.

If you feel ill, seek medical attention immediately.  Proper diagnosis is the key to correct treatment.  Travel with medical insurance.

 

Listen to the palms…


~Loca Gringa

© Loca Gringa and https://locagringa.wordpress.com

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6 responses to “Z is for – Zika Virus

    • That is beyond cruel 😥 Entomologists have the technology to breed reproductively resistant mosquitoes thereby radically reducing their numbers. However like everything else only money talks. And in developing countries, well, people are simply not valued the same.

  1. Yes, I’m familiar with the technology and trials being run regarding sterilizing male mosquitos. Hopefully the research companies will be able to deploy the methods to the affected areas. I’ve had an interest in the subject on a personal level since 2010 when a good friend of mine who lived in the Virgin Islands died of dengue fever. Mosquitos borne diseases are devastating…

    • Very sorry for your loss 😦 The sad fact is, that unless these diseases directly affect the countries where the research is primarily done, a vaccine or cure isn’t sought. It’s all about the all mighty pharmaceutical dollar. People themselves are not part of the equation. That being said, I loudly applaud Mexico and it’s R & D for dengue!

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