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Zika Virus

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This has got to be the elephant in the room topic. I've searched more than 125 posts back to Jan 2, 2017 w/ no mention of Zika virus in this forum.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) website lists 12 Caribbean islands where people have been infected w/ Zika virus from mosquitoes in the local area. These 12 islands range from Aruba thru Guadeloupe to Jamaica comprising a large swarth of the Caribbean. Given that there cannot be a lot more than two dozen islands in the Caribbean it's just a matter of time before all of them wind up on the CDC list.

For those 12 islands, the CDC has put them on an "Alert - Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions". Aside from the obvious warning for women who are pregnant or who are trying and their male counterparts - we are well above that age - I am concerned about their warning for travelers - to cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants and to use insect repellants.

I don't want to come to the Caribbean for a week in the winter and have to wear similar clothes that I woild be wearing back tin New England and be spraying myself regularly w/ insect repellant if I believe the CDC!!! I expect to come to the Caribbean in the winter to wear swimming trunks and short-sleeved shirts.

Yet, all the posts I read here in this forum would lead me to believe the Zika virus is of no importance to seniors of my age and I would experience the Caribbean this winter similar to previous winters in the Caribbean. What is realistic here? I'm asking the participants in this forum to weigh in here.

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