Ths DIS is a great place to ask Disney Cruise Line questions and share tips.
Dreams Unlimited Travel - The official sponsor of the Disney Cruise Forums Dreams Unlimited Travel - the official sponsor of the Disney Cruise Forums  

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Cruise Line > Disney Cruise Line Forum
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read



Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 12-18-2013, 09:59 AM   #1
chinarider
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 980

St Martin -

Read this today and thought about the Eastern Cruisers:


CDC advisory says travelers to St. Martin need to protect against chikungunya mosquito virus
12-18-2013 08:45 AM MST
ATLANTA (Associated Press) --
U.S. health officials have issued a travel advisory for the Caribbean island of St. Martin because of a mosquito-borne disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it's closely following reports of the chikungunya (chik-un-GUHN-ya) virus among residents of the French side of St. Martin.

The World Health Organization has reported 10 confirmed cases on the island. The CDC says it's the first time the disease has been reported among non-travelers in the Western Hemisphere.

The virus can cause fever, joint pains, a rash, muscle aches and headaches. Travelers to St. Martin are advised to avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellent, wearing long sleeves and pants, and to use air conditioning and window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out.
__________________

chinarider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2013, 10:01 AM   #2
mystifyny
Earning My Ears
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 27

Wow good to know. Thanks for posting.
mystifyny is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 12-18-2013, 11:14 AM   #3
Disneefun
DIS Veteran
 
Disneefun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 1,722

They also have an "epidemic" of dengue fever.

http://www.smn-news.com/st-maarten-s...hemselves.html

We wore OFF when we were there a couple of weeks ago.
Disneefun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2014, 04:35 PM   #4
Narnia_girl
DIS Veteran
 
Narnia_girl's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid-America
Posts: 905

Friends just returned from St. Barts and said Chikungunya was very bad, and was even worse on St. Martin.


Canadian authorities issue health travel warning to the Caribbean
Sunday, February 16, 2014 | 9:17 AM

OTTAWA, Canada - The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued a public health notice to nationals travelling to the Caribbean in the wake of the outbreak of the chikungunya virus.

“The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that travelers protect themselves from mosquito bites when travelling to the Caribbean,” warned the agency in a statement here.

It said there have been “confirmed cases” of chikungunya on the Caribbean islands of St. Martin/St Maarten, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Barthélemy and the British Virgin Islands.

The Canadian health agency said these cases marked the first time that locally acquired transmission of chikungunya has been detected in the region of the Americas.

It also said “French Guiana has reported cases of chikungunya related to travel within the Caribbean.”

“Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic at least six weeks before you travel,” the Public Health Agency of Canada urged. “Protect yourself from mosquito bites, particularly during peak mosquito biting times around sunrise and sunset.

The Washington-based Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) said Chikungunya is a viral disease that is spread by mosquitoes and causes fever and severe joint pain.

Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash.

In December last year, PAHO and its umbrella organization, the World Health (WHO) said they received confirmation of the first cases of autochthonous transmission of chikungunya in the Americas .

What is Chikungunya

Key facts

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. It causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash.

The disease shares some clinical signs with dengue, and can be misdiagnosed in areas where dengue is common.

There is no cure for the disease. Treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms.

The proximity of mosquito breeding sites to human habitation is a significant risk factor for chikungunya.

Since 2004, chikungunya fever has reached epidemic proportions, with considerable morbidity and suffering.

The disease occurs in Africa, Asia and the Indian subcontinent. In recent decades mosquito vectors of chikungunya have spread to Europe and the Americas. In 2007, disease transmission was reported for the first time in a localized outbreak in north-eastern Italy.

Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne viral disease first described during an outbreak in southern Tanzania in 1952. It is an RNA virus that belongs to the alphavirus genus of the family Togaviridae. The name ‘chikungunya’ derives from a word in the Kimakonde language, meaning "to become contorted" and describes the stooped appearance of sufferers with joint pain (arthralgia).

Signs and symptoms

Chikungunya is characterized by an abrupt onset of fever frequently accompanied by joint pain. Other common signs and symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. The joint pain is often very debilitating, but usually lasts for a few days or may be prolonged to weeks.

Most patients recover fully, but in some cases joint pain may persist for several months, or even years. Occasional cases of eye, neurological and heart complications have been reported, as well as gastrointestinal complaints. Serious complications are not common, but in older people, the disease can contribute to the cause of death. Often symptoms in infected individuals are mild and the infection may go unrecognized, or be misdiagnosed in areas where dengue occurs.

Transmission

Chikungunya has been identified in nearly 40 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and also in the Americas.
__________________
2009: Disney Wonder: Summer At Sea
New Years 2013-14: My First WDW Trip (at age 40*something*)


Narnia_girl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2014, 05:56 PM   #5
vavalynn2
Live in the Golden Snowball region
Cruising on the West Coast
 
vavalynn2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: the CUSE
Posts: 646

This is very concerning. We will be in st Maarten in two months. Wondering if we should get off the ship?????
__________________
*6/1988- 1st trip to WDW- Offsite* 4/1995- Offsite*2/2003- Offsite *8/2003- Portofino Bay Hotel, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress*10/2004-Portofino Bay Hotel, WL*6/2004-1st trip to DL Howard Johnson Anaheim*3/2005- POR*7/2005 –Grand Californian*2/2006-Disney Magic Western Cruise*12/2006- POR*3/2007-OKW*5/2008-Gaylord Palms*1/2009- AKV*4/2009- POR*4/2010-CSR*11/2010-CSR*2/2011-Disney Dream*8/2011- CSR*4/2012-Hilton Bonnet Creek*3/2013- Disney Fantasy- Western*8/2013- SSR*4/2014- Disney Fantasy-Eastern*8/2014- Disneyland offsite*2/2015-Disney Magic Western
vavalynn2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:07 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

You Rated this Thread: