|Searched for any mention on the cuba board and nothing so I am starting this thread.This mosquito borne disease seems to be becoming more of a concern in the Carribean since last December. My spouse was eaten alive in December for the first time in 10 years in Cuba. Developed some similar symptoms but never confirmed by blood test. I mentioned it a few times as she was being treated for a variety of symptoms but the doctor never thought to test. Doctors here may change that approach once it becomes more widespread. (I have no reason to think it won’t).
Even with mosquito repellant we seem to get the odd bite and can’t help but be concerned. No treatment and no cure, just suffer through it with potential long lasting effects. We’ve seen them fogging at the resorts but there are still skitters around.
|Thanks for posting about Chikungunya Lovecuba.Read about Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) in the Caribbean a few months ago and was wondering where Cuba is at in relation to the disease. Cuba is claiming 6 reported cases so far, all in Cuban travelers returning from Haiti and other off-island Caribbean destinations so no reported endemic CHIKV in Cuba so far.Some background info here;
CHIKV sounds like an ugly bug to pick up and has probably affected tourism to DR and other islands, I’ve gotten dengue in Mexico a couple of times and wouldn’t want to catch anything worse.
As of July 1, 2014
Thankfully I did not hear yet that someone got Chikungunya in Cuba. Have family living in Cuba and many friends. They have daily advertising on TV how to protect house and what to do regarding mosquitoes. There are inspectors who come and visit houses to make sure people do not have water around their houses and mosquito problems. Government try to help to reduce illnesses caused my mosquitoes in Cuba on daily basis.
| Thankfully I did not hear yet that someone got Chikungunya in Cuba. Have family living in Cuba and many friends. They have daily advertising on TV how to protect house and what to do regarding mosquitoes. There are inspectors who come and visit houses to make sure people do not have water around their houses and mosquito problems. Government try to help to reduce illnesses caused my mosquitoes in Cuba on daily basis.
If mosquito control is what we have to rely on to stop this or other mosquito borne diseases, in all honestly, I think we are toast. There are just too many natural places for them to breed, even with eliminating things like old tires, to a small metal dish or barrel. Just a matter of time I’m afraid. Hopefully the % of mosquitos carrying it will remain small. If it only takes one bite.
Hello lovecuba after you started this thread I was concerned and as I was in Cuba at that time so I decided to visit office of the officials in Cuba who are responsible for such epidemics. Office that I visited is called "Instituto Nacional de Higiene, Epidemiología y Microbiología" and I asked questions such as how many people got Chikungunya or Dengue in Cuba and what actions they do to stop it or prevent it? Answer was that they work fast on the requests of their citizens as well tourists who do complains about certain area and mosquito invasion. They go from home to home and do free fumigation of homes that complained. Fumigation is a method of pest control that completely fills an area with gaseous pesticides and doors and windows are closed for 30 min or more. They said as well that particularly Dengue was not reported in Cuba at all and like @flygt mentioned Chikungunya was reported a couple of cases and were people who traveled to Haiti. As I watched Cuban TV for a month I could see that they advertise on TV daily how to protect home and area around you and reduce number of the mosquitoes. Billions of birds, bats, spiders, fish, frogs and other insects would die of starvation if there is no mosquitoes. So I see here only option would be to develop vaccine against such desires. What do you think lovecuba what would be better solution?
|There are some experimental vaccines in the pipes. Now that Chickengunya has hit the Carribean, prob Mexico and recently reported LOCAL cases in Southern U.S. the economics (doesn’t everything come down to money) make it even more of an incentive to develop. As this spreads, in these tourist areas the alternative will be a reduction in tourism without a vaccine. Not everyone can tolerate things like DEET to protect themselves.The "Instituto Nacional de Higiene, Epidemiología y Microbiología" needs to visit Brisas S.M. and other areas because we were eaten alive in December…first time in 10 years that has happened. Clearly mosquito control is difficult, but if they are the carrier and they are that active, it will spread. (We saw fogging in February). Not trying to scare anyone away but if tourists are impacted in an area, that area’s economics/tourism will be impacted. We all know HOW to control them, but actually carrying it out is the hard part. All it takes is one pool of stagnant water for breeding, so I see it as virtually impossible to eliminate them. Good for the birds and bats, bad for us.
This is in no way isolated to Cuba, but all warmer climates, and even us in Canada if tourists bring it back, get bitten then that infected mosquito bites someone here who hasn’t even been to the Carribean. Now that would suck, getting it, but not even having had the chance to enjoy the Carribean experience!
|Here’s the latest CHIKV map from CDC
As of July 29, 2014
Looks to be spreading fairly quickly, hope we don’t see it in Canada.
Yesterday I decided to go hiking in Toronto area and I can just say that as soon as I went into woods mosquitoes were really attacking like they did not eat for many years. Hopefully we do not get it here in Canada as I see mosquitoes here much bigger and stronger.