a VirtualTourist member from Grass Lake asked on Dec 11, 2014
How bad is the virus in Jamaica called "Chik-V"?
This seems a perfectly valid travel question from a new member who is researching a trip. I read it as a question about whether anyone here has been infected and, if so, how serious are the effects.
I'm sorry I can't answer the question and I do appreciate that you've introduced yourself on your homepage. I hope that you continue to use VT as a travel resource and not be put off by people telling you that you should be asking elsewhere.
Well done C_n_B - That's a great VT answer.
Sadly, that virus has jumped into US mosquito populations, so now we have West Nile (which can be fatal) alongside chikungunya (which I don't think is as fatal, but can be very painful, even for years!).
We in Texas are being warned constantly to use mosquito repellents, drain standing water, and all that stuff, because there is no specific treatment for these diseases...so prevention is absolutely the best thing...note that most (all?) the initial cases of chikungunya in the US were brought here by people who became infected in the Caribbean (oh, like you :-0 )...but now it's established itself here...
This is one disease you do not want, so protect yourself as well as you can without smothering yourself ;-)
heh, it just occurred to me that the first locally transmitted Ebola cases in the US were here in Texas...so maybe you'll be safer in Jamaica(!) haha, no, it's not that bad here, but I think that it's a big enough problem in the Caribbean that you should exercise due caution...
P.S. the hospital down the street from me has been designed at the Ebola Center for the northern half of Texas...let's hope it doesn't get put to use...