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Old 02-07-2016, 03:15 PM   #41
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Unfortunately there is limited knowledge about Zika and its effects on humans. It has not been on the heavy hitters list until now. Many of the comments here contribute to the kind of hysteria that often accompanies an unknown illness. It comes from fear. I get that. Best way to combat that is to study and develop the knowledge required to control. Best I can tell so far with what limited literature (I mean beyond the arm chair quarterbacking and hysteria) I have read, it does not appear to be a complicated virus and I would guess the development of a vaccine will be straight forward.
I haven't seen any hysteria. I've seen awareness and concern. How would you feel right now if you were pregnant and had the virus, based on the available information?

I see it as just one more of the many viruses transmitted by mosquitoes and one more that will have very bad consequences for some people. Still won't kill as many people in the US as the flu does or as drunk drivers do.

My original post was regarding how alert are you as a boater to conditions where you're headed and how, if any, do they influence your plans.
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Old 02-07-2016, 06:45 PM   #42
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Of course the standards for safety in the US are far different than in many countries. That puts severe constraints on the testing of new therapies that results in years of study. The World Hearlth Organization can pull the trigger on this sort of thing around the world rapidly if they so choose. The standards for proof of safety in many of the Americas are pretty minimal. No ambulance chasing attorneys hanging out on every street corner. It's not something I have much knowledge about. I don't follow any part of this sort of thing in my practice.
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If you are young safe sex(no pregnancy),If you are beyond reproduction forgetaboutit.
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Here is the most up to date public information on Zika and GBS from the CDC.

Does Zika virus infection cause Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS)?
Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a rare disorder where a person’s own immune system damages the nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes, paralysis. These symptoms can last a few weeks or several months. While most people fully recover from GBS, some people have permanent damage and in rare cases, people have died.

We do not know if Zika virus infection causes GBS. It is difficult to determine if any particular germ “causes” GBS. The Brazil Ministry of Health (MOH) is reporting an increased number of people affected with GBS. CDC is collaborating with the Brazil MOH to determine if having Zika makes it more likely you will get GBS.
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Here is the sum total of the worlds literature on the subject of Zika Virus and GBS through Pub Med, which publishes the entire world literature in medicine.

J. Gen. Virol., 2015
Zika virus: a previously slow pandemic spreads rapidly through the Americas
Gatherer, D; Kohl, A
Zika virus (Flaviviridae) is an emerging arbovirus. Spread by Aedes mosquitoes, it was first discovered in Uganda in 1947, and later in humans elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa, arriving in south-east Asia at latest by mid-20th-century. In the 21st century, it spread across the Pacific Islands reaching South America around 2014. Since then it has spread rapidly northwards reaching Mexico in November 2015. Its clinical profile is that of a dengue-like febrile illness, but recently associations with Guillain-Barré syndrome and microcephaly have appeared. The final geographical range and ultimate clinical impact of Zika virus are still a matter for speculation.
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And this. Sorry, should have added to the above. Two articles.

Euro Surveill., 2014 vol. 19(9)
Zika virus infection complicated by Guillain-Barre syndrome--case report, French Polynesia, December 2013
Oehler, E; Watrin, L; Larre, P; Leparc-Goffart, I; Lastere, S; Valour, F; Baudouin, L; Mallet, H; Musso, D; Ghawche, F
Zika fever, considered as an emerging disease of arboviral origin, because of its expanding geographic area, is known as a benign infection usually presenting as an influenza-like illness with cutaneous rash. So far, Zika virus infection has never led to hospitalisation. We describe the first case of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) occurring immediately after a Zika virus infection, during the current Zika and type 1 and 3 dengue fever co-epidemics in French Polynesia.
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So far, Zika virus infection has never led to hospitalisation.
I'd guess this has changed a bit.

Thanks for going to the time and trouble to bring us jabberers a bit more knowledge. Very professional on your part.
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I'd guess this has changed a bit.

Thanks for going to the time and trouble to bring us jabberers a bit more knowledge. Very professional on your part.
I would suggest he update himself for his practice in case he has someone return from the area with they symptoms.
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CDC has raised alert to highest level with Obama requesting several billion for illegal immigration reform and assisting inner city youth - oops I meant fighting the Zika virus.
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Whoooeee!

Now that was a knee slapper.

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Well, in the past 3 months Zika has not died down as a concern. Just the reverse if one is to believe the IOC medical alerts and the writings in Time magazine. The Amazon Basin and West Africa seem the hot spots. The Olympics will be an interesting test bed.
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Well, in the past 3 months Zika has not died down as a concern. Just the reverse if one is to believe the IOC medical alerts and the writings in Time magazine. The Amazon Basin and West Africa seem the hot spots. The Olympics will be an interesting test bed.
Zika is just one of many issues. Yes, the concern about it continues to rise. In addition, however, the waters are so polluted with human feces that the swimmers are putting themselves at significant risks of illness. Many competitors training there have already fallen ill. One of the reasons to host Olympics is to boost long term tourism. That may well backfire this time. The bombing in Atlanta during the 1996 Olympics sure marked those Olympics.

As to Zika, Brazil has seen a significant increase in fetal brain defects. One other fact that has been confirmed is that Zika can be sexually transmitted. So, not only should any female going to the Olympics delay pregnancy, so should any male delay getting a female pregnant. There have been cases in the US of males returning from Zika areas and transmitting it to females.

As far as boating, I certainly would not put Rio on my itinerary right now. I do look at health risks, piracy risks, violence risks before planning any trip.
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Seems to be around 275 active infections in pregnant women in the US now. Number will surely increase dramatically soon with the summer Mosquito season upon us in the south. If you have pregnant daughters, may want to seriously rethink their upcoming trip to Alabama.
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Seems to be around 275 active infections in pregnant women in the US now. Number will surely increase dramatically soon with the summer Mosquito season upon us in the south. If you have pregnant daughters, may want to seriously rethink their upcoming trip to Alabama.
The one big thing missed initially as it was unknown was the transmission sexually. A large portion of the 275 were not bitten by mosquito's. The virus stays in semen longer than it stays in blood. Plus it can be passed both before and after symptoms start and end.

The CDC warnings are strong and pretty extreme. Here's one:

If the male partner has been diagnosed with Zika or has (or had) symptoms, the couple should consider using condoms or not having sex for at least 6 months after symptoms begin.
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