St. Lucia recommended as alternative vacation spot to Zika infected countries

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St. Lucia recommended as alternative vacation spot to Zika infected countries

St.-Lucia-PitonsSt. Lucia has been recommended as one of the alternative spots for those looking to enjoy the Caribbean warmth while avoiding the threat of the Zika Virus.

Popular travel agency Travel by Darcy recommended the country along with islands such as The Bahamas, Jamaica (though Jamaica saw its first infection last week) and Aruba.

St. Lucia was also listed as one of the top babymoon destinations for new mothers.

“I think it’s going to be one of those things,” she said. “There’s always a new virus. You hate to say that, but there’s always something that’s happening. I think it’s just making sure you read up about it, know that those things are out there. There are going to be safety concerns no matter where in the world you travel.” Darcy Allen of Travel by Darcy further added.

The threat of the Zika virus is greatest to pregnant women, as it is suspected to be linked with the incomplete brain development in babies known as microcephaly. It is also suspected to have caused some cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome, in which the body’s immune system attacks the nervous system, sometimes resulting in paralysis.

 

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  1. Its getting ready to take over the entire Caribbean it's only a matter of time so where is St Lucia on another planet ? Forget about Vieux Fort self that place is mosquito heaven .

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  2. A Zika-free vacation promotion to be exploited while the Aedes aegypti mosquitos in Saint Lucia are Zika free.

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  3. Microcephaly might be caused by Dtap vaccine rather than the Zika virus, as it seems the spike in microcephaly corresponds with the injection of pregnant woman with this vaccine in Brazil. Other areas with Zika have not seen this spike in microcephaly.

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  4. Its comments like these that demonstrate the naivite of persons. Just because a local case has not been identified, does not mean the ZIKV is not on island. It would be highly irresponsible to market the island in such a manner, will we bear a lawsuit if a tourist contracts it while on our shores? Rather than hide our heads in the sand and pretend it will never get here, we should be actively implementing measures to reduce the mosquito populations (fogging) and doing door to door checks to ensure the areas where the vector can potentially breed are removed. Has anyone noticed any fogging being done in their area?Personally i have not. Where is the action by the authorities? Where are the public service announcements to educate the pregnant population of the risks?
    Thank God for the internet and international news bodies for disseminating much needed information!

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    • An trust me the authorities will hide any suspected case to save "JAZZ". That's the reality...A confirmed case might be reported during the second week in May...SMH

      On another note those travel agencies are usually paid to report the positives...top hotel etc etc.. I know that for sure!

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