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    Rona Coster = RIU and Zika thoughts

    One Happy Island Pulls Together for Riu and Zika Shmika

    FIRE IN THE BOILER ROOM. It is my perception that the Riu people handled the fire incident very well, and that the islandís fire department showed up in record time. It was an unfortunate incident in the boiler room, and in reality it could happen in any boiler room on the island, or around the globe. But what was remarkable about that specific Saturday morning was the spirit of One Happy Island that manifested itself five minutes into the emergency when the Fire Brigade the Police Department, representatives of the Aruba Tourism Authority and the Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association all showed up to form a Crisis Board, sending 200 guests to the airport in time for their flights and booking all others into the neighboring Palm Beach resorts. The Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, the Occidental Grand, the Holiday Inn and the Riu Palace Antillas, all welcomed guests for an all inclusive stay, as they transferred from the Riu Palace to continue their vacations. I imagine that Riu Palace Aruba was the islandís best client Saturday night as it booked about 800 guests into its neighbors, while the government technical department would be inspecting all systems, before flicking the electric switch of the resortís front tower back up.
    Compliments for the loving, supportive and caring Riu Palace staffers who assisted guests above and beyond and performed very well under stressful situations.
    A reader suggested: We need to dip the island in seawater to chase away the FUKU Ė apparently the fireworks for New Yearís were not enough!
    ZIKA SHMIKA. It seems that Zika is hurting the island as far as the willingness of people to travel, clumping South America, Latin America and the Caribbean, into one Zika infested swamp. Thatís such BS. Itís just the Scare Du Jour, and as a result some of our hotels are not doing so well, this winter.
    The Aruba Tourism Authority, and the MinHealth decided to take a reactive stand, state some facts, and hang back. I think the time has come to venture out BIG and to tell the world itís all baloney!
    I checked out the latest information on the CDC website, the Center for Disease Control & Prevention and they tell you: ďWe Donít Know.Ē We donít know how the virus affects pregnancies, we donít know how likely Zika will pass to a fetus, we donít know if a fetus infected, will develop birth defects, in short there is NO evidence that the Zika Virus causes anything more than a mild flu. The whole Zika Virus scare is a media fabricated story, for lack of other good headlines.
    We have to go out slugging this week, and kill that theory that there are Zika carrying mosquito under every Divi tree, otherwise weíll lose bookings. And I can see by the special rates posted on line that the resortís are discounting, which is never a good sign, in the high season.
    PS. The same is happening in Curacao, and on the other former Netherlands Antilles.
    In fact almost the entire Caribbean has the problem, and we should do what St. Lucia does, when it announced: ZIKA FREE stays, being proactive instead of sticking their heads into the sand. St. Lucia recommended itself as an alternative vacation spot to Zika infected countries, and we should do the same, recommend Aruba as Safe Babymoon Destination Where You Can Avoid the Zika Virus, and have a great time.
    The ďscare du jourĒ will blow away, meanwhile please Donít Fall For The Zika Virus Hoax.



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    Shaking my head...

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    I'm appalled. I'm not sure why this is so upsetting to me, but Zika is not a hoax. I had a child with a birth defect. Did nothing wrong that I could think of. It ate me alive with guilt. Would have done anything to prevent it. I have actually just left an Aruba forum, because I am becoming too upset about inaccurate postings and people that are flipping it off as a nothing. I've worked in the health care field as a nurse for 33 years, as a pediatric nurse, in family practice, and in transfusion medicine. I've looked after people with Guillan-Barre and microcephalic babies. It is no joke. Sorry for the rant.

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    your ranting is A-OK
    go for it.

    well said susan

    Quote Originally Posted by susan.b View Post
    I'm appalled. I'm not sure why this is so upsetting to me, but Zika is not a hoax. I had a child with a birth defect. Did nothing wrong that I could think of. It ate me alive with guilt. Would have done anything to prevent it. I have actually just left an Aruba forum, because I am becoming too upset about inaccurate postings and people that are flipping it off as a nothing. I've worked in the health care field as a nurse for 33 years, as a pediatric nurse, in family practice, and in transfusion medicine. I've looked after people with Guillan-Barre and microcephalic babies. It is no joke. Sorry for the rant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by susan.b View Post
    I'm appalled. I'm not sure why this is so upsetting to me, but Zika is not a hoax. I had a child with a birth defect. Did nothing wrong that I could think of. It ate me alive with guilt. Would have done anything to prevent it. I have actually just left an Aruba forum, because I am becoming too upset about inaccurate postings and people that are flipping it off as a nothing. I've worked in the health care field as a nurse for 33 years, as a pediatric nurse, in family practice, and in transfusion medicine. I've looked after people with Guillan-Barre and microcephalic babies. It is no joke. Sorry for the rant.

    Susan, I agree with you. I spent 30 years working with special needs children. It is too early to know what is causing microcephaly in these babies. Maybe it is zika, maybe it is the pesticides, but the correlation between zika and gillian barre also shouldn't be ignored. I was also concerned with chicangunya last year.I don't think that it is necessary to worry and fret over either, but I do think that people shouldn't dismiss these issues. Last year, my daughter and her husband went to Costa Rica. My advice was wear bug spray day and night. Next month they are going to Curacao. My advice is wear bug spray day and night. People need to take precautions. Lime disease is very prevalent where we live. We are much more cautious in this day and age than we used to be.


    I'm editing my post because I just read CK's post about zika damaging brain cells. It looks like there is a link between zika and microcephaly.
    Last edited by hatteras; 03-08-2016 at 10:39 AM.

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    She is not shy and she is way off base (I typically enjoy her articles) but this one is complete junk. I am with you Susan, we both became very frustrated with the comments on the other forum...I post under jaydboston there...my posts are pretty consistent and strong on this virus.

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    It is irresponsible of Rona Coster to call the Zika virus a hoax that was fabricated by the media. She is way off base on this one...

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    After our last visit to the island I thought to myself there have been many changes to Aruba in the past few years which show me that the Aruban government is concerned most of all with taking in tourist dollars. Just to state a few, increasing room taxes, seemingly unregulated beach vendors...

    The government does not care if the tourist has a good experience, they don't care if the tourists are happy... pack as many tourists in as you can fit and extract as many dollars as possible with the least amount of effort and send them on their way.

    Rona's commentary fits my theory perfectly. She is telling us the tourist dollar is much more important than the health of any mother and tourist dollars are more important than any one baby born with microcephaly.

    "Aruba as Safe Babymoon Destination Where You Can Avoid the Zika Virus"...Rona is telling us, yes, come on, down to Aruba, have a great time, spend those dollars, fill our hotel rooms, but don't blame us if the baby has microcephaly. We will just say "we don't know" where it came from as they waltz down the road counting your dollars.

    Shame on them.

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