The Lancet medical journal just published a study showing an association of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (an acute muscle weakness disease)and infected persons with Zika virus in French Polynesia. during their 2013-2014 outbreak. We are seeing this same sydrome right now in Latin America associated with Zika virus.
Here again is the link to protecting yourself from Zika Virus.
Yes microcephaly in newborn babies in newborn babies seems to be really associated with this virus. ( a baby’s developing brain doesn’t grow properly which can cause development, neurological and learning problems) I would not hesitate to use insect repellent liberally if I was traveling to these areas. I am telling child bearing women to use 2 forms of birth control or better yet avoid sexual contact completely if they have have to travel to an affected area, including the Caribbean, during their stay and for several weeks after they return home as if infected the virus can be in the body for a few weeks upon return to a nonZika area. (Studies will be looking to define this period of time after the first day of infection) In addition, the virus appears transmission by sexual contact. Women of child bearing age should avoid sexual contact with anyone returning from an infected until they are proven to not have the infection. The CDC has developed an exceptionally good link for Zika virus information.
Information on protecting yourself from Zika virus:
We can not stop due diligence. Continued screening and testing is needed in our fight of this deadly disease. Early detection in affected countries in crucial to control this disease.
A nurse, returning from Sierra Leone, was diagnosed with Ebola after returning to Italy, the first time a person has received an Ebola after returning to Italy. The patient is currently undergoing treatment in Rome.
Millions of baby boomers have undiagnosed Hepatitis C. This liver infection can cause cirrhosis of the liver and is a risk for liver cancer. There is treatment for this viral infection. Please get tested. All it takes is a simple blood test. The infection is spread by exposure to blood from an infected individual or by sexual contact.
40,000 people die every year of pneumonia and influenza in the United States. Often bacterial pneumonia complicates influenza. The outcomes of both of these infections improve if you are vaccinated. There are pneumonia and influenza vaccines available at your doctor’s office and pharmacies. There are screening questions to ensure you don’t have a contraindication and shouldn’t get the vaccine. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm
I believe this is true, but the question is…
if the trend is to not risk a contained air flight by someone sick with Ebola, ie British Airways and Air France, then WHY not limit nonessential air travel.