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    Thanks Randi! We have been very attentive and following the Zika news...we just hate the unknown with those skeeters!! I live in suburban town south of Houston and Houston has 7 cases!! The threats are concerning everywhere!! But I don't want to take the chance now that its present in Aruba!

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    Thanks Andrea J....we have been lurking for a little under a year now!! This is our 2nd trip....and our 1st trip was successful from all the useful information from the forum members....even yourself!! The forum is how I stay mainly updated!! Yes, I'm aware that its from folks that have traveled outside of Aruba, so are the 7 cases in Houston. I going to check with my Dr. anyways but I don't have to think too much....my baby comes first!!

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    good luck and many blessing to you and yours tiffany.
    keep us posted on your aruba plans.
    absolutely your baby comes first.
    when is the baby due?
    Quote Originally Posted by TiffanyTousant View Post
    Thanks Andrea J....we have been lurking for a little under a year now!! This is our 2nd trip....and our 1st trip was successful from all the useful information from the forum members....even yourself!! The forum is how I stay mainly updated!! Yes, I'm aware that its from folks that have traveled outside of Aruba, so are the 7 cases in Houston. I going to check with my Dr. anyways but I don't have to think too much....my baby comes first!!

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    If it was in my home town and in Aruba, I guess that would make my choice an easy one- I would go. That said, if it was not in my town already, zero chance I would go.

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    This seems to be getting hyped like Ebola. When I first heard of it I was like OMG I got a mosquito bite on balcony yesterday. My initial understanding was if you contracted it u should avoid having a family , forever.

    However now it appears it can be devastating if your a pregnant woman especially in first trimester. However if your a young woman, contract it on vacation , it will pass from your body in twenty days or less and you will have lifetime immunity.

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    gotta love her!

    Here is Rona Coster's view on the issue:
    Is it the case of the boy who cried wolf, or is it a false alarm?!

    I spent the morning reading about the Zika virus, considered among the lightest viral diseases, the others two nasty ones are dengue and the vicious chikungunya. I learned that Zika’s #1 patient was a Nigerian in 1968, but the virus was identified much earlier, in Rhesus monkeys, in 1947. Sporadic outbreaks were reported in French Polynesia, and in South Africa, and other tropical places around the globe in the past 60 years but then in May of 2015, Zika popped up Brazil. In December it was pronounced an outbreak, and the Brazilian health authorities “have temporally associated the transmission of the virus in some settings, to a significant rise in babies born with microcephaly, and Guillain- Barre Syndrome.” They reported about 2,400 suspect cases in Brazil, but oddly enough microcephaly and Guillain- Barre Syndrome were never declared on the rise in any other places where Zika virus transmission occured. Many questions about this potential link between microcephaly and Zika remain unanswered and that is why it is safe to say that there MAY be ANOTHER underlying reason for the increase of babies with microcephaly in Brazil, perhaps it’s not Zika at all, moreover if you read the World Health Organization report you will see that they warned us against the virus but they did not impose ANY travel restrictions nor any emergency measures. Relax, this is not an international health crisis, don’t panic, just reach for the bug spray and continue to practice good public health measures.
    So what’s happening? It is totally possibly that because it took the World Health Organization five months to organize the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, for which they received buckets of criticism, they now do not wish to dillydally. A week into the announcement of the Zika virus transmission outbreak, they are scaring us all into spraying, and cleaning up the clutter, but not really doing anything more drastic about it. This is what they say:

    • There should be no restrictions on travel or trade with countries, areas and/or territories with Zika virus transmission.
    • Travelers to areas with Zika virus transmission should be provided with up to date advice on potential risks and appropriate measures to reduce the possibility of exposure to mosquito bites.
    • Standard WHO recommendations regarding disinfection of aircraft and airports should be implemented.

    Which means business as usual!
    Just compare the level of reaction this time, to all the other times. How we covered our mouths and noses for fear of SARS, how we slaughtered all cows in England because of Mad Cow disease, how all pigs were killed in Mexico in honor of Swine Flu, how all turkeys were sacrificed in Canada because of Avian flu; we even prevented a cruise ship from entering the port of Oranjestad because of 2 passengers with symptoms, but that was a while ago and I forgot why. Why did we do all that?
    So please don’t worry your pretty heads, just take reasonable precautions and spray against mosquitoes which you should be doing anyway.

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    Thanks for the read! I don't think its a false alarm or just hype... it is the obligation of the media and Health Organizations to inform people of possible dangers.At this time, we haven't decided to postpone until we consult with the doctor. However, we have considered the differences in the places on the CDC list and Aruba which are quite different, half of the countries on the list are considered "third-world or poverty-stricken" places where prevention or being proactive could pose a problem due to limited resources. Our experience in Aruba (July) climate wise, it was very windy, dry other than the few short showers out the week and little to none mosquito activity at least compared to Houston. I'm not sure of the CDC's criteria for putting a country on the list, it may be at least 1 case or 100 cases...who knows!!More importantly, we will just take precautions and do research as long Aruba is not on the list. My family is aware and knows if it is we will just go to San Diego instead. Thats the beauty of flying Southwest also, we can change fairly late with little penalty!

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    I am a nurse now working in transfusion medicine and have just completed a study on zika. I would not travel to a country with zika if I was pregnant. I would if I wasn't. I think everybody should just keep up-to-date with cdc info and be cautious.

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    CK1 - Thank you very much for posting what appears to be the most authoritative and accurate information available about this fluid and evolving situation. If there are further updates or developments in existing or emerging cases in Aruba, we would greatly appreciate your keeping us posted.

    - David

    Thank you
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    Here is another article in Dutch from Amigoe:

    Google Translation:

    4 zika cases in Aruba confirmed

    Thursday, February 11 2016 15:16

    ORANJESTAD / THE HAGUE - Aruba has officially four people infected with the virus zika. This is evident from the results of the blood tests Directorate of Public Health received yesterday from the Netherlands. In total there are currently 66 suspected zika cases where the virus has not been confirmed. However, they are treated as zika patient.

    That announced Maribelle Tromp, Head of the Department of Epidemiology Public Health Directorate (Despa) this morning during a press conference. Yesterday, Aruba received the results from the Netherlands. The cases confirmed in Aruba are people who have traveled recently to Brazil, Venezuela and Colombia. Again, a number of blood tests have been sent to the Netherlands of suspicious zika cases. Despa does not know how much blood test is this. The focus now is on prevention, give Health Minister Alex Schwengle and Tromp together. "There are few mosquitoes in Aruba. Zika transmission is not possible without mosquitoes. So prevention is very important, "says Tromp.

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    Also in The Hague on zikavirus widely spoken and the possible consequences. Experts in the field of infectious diseases today during a briefing to parliament discussed the possibilities of the connection between the zika virus and other diseases. They argue that there is little to say with certainty is about the virus. Pieter Hofmann writes for the Caribbean Network. During the briefing a number of deaths was discussed zika which may have played a role. In Suriname, last week four men are deceased to the effects of zika. Marion Koopmans, head of virology at Erasmus Medical Centre said: "Is it death with zika, or death caused by zika? That is a very important difference that with the data we have now can not do. "She adds that patients with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), a neurological disorder may die if the respiratory muscles become paralyzed. The link between GBS and zika being investigated, but is not certain. Professor Jaap van Tiller, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Control of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) responds: "I have spoken with the doctors. There are too little details in the newspaper article to make clear that they are ill. They were all patients with underlying medical problems. Although you can not rule it out. "

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    Members of the House wanted to know how it will respond in the Caribbean Netherlands and that the islands are prepared. According to Rob Sardeman, project health Caribbean Netherlands Caribbean Netherlands is prepared for zika virus. "On all the islands there is an existing program that does audits. Which see if there are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. This activity is now hyped "Agnes Wolbert (PvdA) that look into '. You hear nothing really about pregnant women, how the people are doing there with them" From Tiller: "There was a lot of turmoil by an information deficit, which is now over the top. This is there rather sobering. ' "

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    Also Dutch travel organizations active left react in the Caribbean. Petra Cook, spokesman for TUI: "Zika is also not very harmful, except possibly for pregnant women." That group may rebook free of charge, several dozen have done in recent times. "But zika been playing longer and certainly the people are well informed. The number of rebooking is been declining. "

    http://www.amigoe.com/aruba/222446-4...ruba-bevestigd

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    Zika virus reported in Aruba

    Posted by Robert Herriman on February 18, 2016


    Following reports of Zika virus in both Bonaire and Curacao, health officials in Aruba are now reporting the presence of the rapidly spreading mosquito borne virus, according to the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, or RIVM in the Netherlands (computer translated).


    The Zika cases include three residents of Aruba and one Dutch traveler. The RIVM said that 24 people from the Netherlands have contracted Zika, all travel related.


    For travelers to Aruba, it is advise to take the appropriate measures to prevent mosquito bites during the daytime and early evening. Pregnant women and women planning to become pregnant are advised as a precaution to consult with their physician about traveling to a Zika-affected area and to consider postponing trips that are not necessary.


    Earlier this week, the World Health Organization launched a global Strategic Response Framework and Joint Operations Plan to guide the international response to the spread of Zika virus infection and the neonatal malformations and neurological conditions associated with it.


    The strategy focuses on mobilizing and coordinating partners, experts and resources to help countries enhance surveillance of the Zika virus and disorders that could be linked to it, improve vector control, effectively communicate risks, guidance and protection measures, provide medical care to those affected and fast-track research and development of vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics.

    http://outbreaknewstoday.com/zika-vi...n-aruba-89171/

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