Dengue or no Dengue ?
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Sep 10, 2012 1:46 PM Last Post By: viajeraUK
Aug 21, 2012 11:44 AM
Dengue or no Dengue ?More dengue fever reported in eastern Cuba
“We have a huge outbreak of dengue here, and if things continue to be bad — we already are at the level of epidemic — I think they may quarantine us,” one local medical worker told relatives in Miami. “Don’t worry too much, but this is bad.”
Aug 22, 2012 4:09 AM
1when i was there mostly people from the block were sick - fever - stomach ,, but i will say this ... hygiene in cuba is POOR, simple things people can do that they don't do -
A. WASH YOUR HANDS!!!! B. DON'T LEAVE FOOD OUT - PUT IT IN FRIDGE!
When you bring it up, they get offended as if your saying their gross.
You go to a restaurant, enter the bathroom - no toilet paper/ no soap / no towels to dry hands how is this possible, they attract tourists and impose their cost reducing economics on their guests.
Cuba is a fun place, but horrible hygiene - as I've mentioned before, pack Tylenol & Immodium (50ct per week that you stay) - the green tablet, & An Heartburn reducer if you get it.
Aug 22, 2012 7:38 PM
2wnyzfinest: I always have a bottle of hand sanitizer in my pocket in Cuba. And, I use it constantly. But I am also realistic enough to recognize that the person cooking my food does not.
Aug 22, 2012 9:57 PM
3I have to say that there are so many other points for potential contamination that one's making sure their hands are "cleansed" is of little import, given the sea of contaminants there, imho.
I cook all of my own food, and often in conjunction with my family, but I don't pretend it is possible to avoid cross-contamination. You pays your money and you takes your chances. Do you really think the more you pay for your grub is related to how "pure" it is? Dream on.
I can only hope that I ate enough of the right kinds of dirt as a child that my body developed the right kinds of antibodies to deal with it all.
Sep 9, 2012 3:26 PM
Sep 9, 2012 7:27 PM
5Periodic outbreaks of dengue seem to be a fact of life in Oriente. I was there in late July/early August and my husband noted that cases were on the upswing. That usually means more spraying and efforts to eliminate breeding areas, but it did not mean they fixed the standing water from the leaky sewers! Reminds me of the malathion spray trucks of South Carolina in the fifties and sixties. We'd hear the shouting before we smelled the stench--"Spray truck! Spray truck!" We'd all run indoors and shut the windows and doors.
Sep 10, 2012 8:24 AM
6Is dengue erradicated in the US?
Yes I agree fumigation is a nuisance both in the houses and in the streets. Cuba has managed to get rid of malaria and yellow fever. I have read that yellow fever killed more American soldiers than did bullets in the American Spanish war.
My impression is that the fumigation for dengue is serious work in Cuba. I have heard of no other remedy. Rain come and go, and sewers and water pipes break and cause open breeding grounds for the mosquitos.
I had a light spell of dengue in Oriente, with fever, pain, rash and restlestness.
Sep 10, 2012 1:46 PM
7Dengue has absolutely ZERO to do with hygiene (in terms of food storage or handwashing ... both of which, yes, are problematic in Cuba, but which are more likely to give you either food poisoning and/or spreading some waterborne diseases ie cholera). Dengue has to do with mosquito concentration and, thus, with public-health stuff like working sewerage and drainage systems and control of standing water. Which Cuba actually does a not-too-bad job of keeping on top of, given the apocalyptically bad conditions of its infrastructure.
for those interested in disease in Cuba, PBS did a documentary in 2006 to do with yellow fever (in Cuba and the USA) which ended up taking in a lot of interesting historical detail about the US-Spain conflict in Cuba and the US occupation thereafter - including the true fact that more US soldiers on the island died of yellow fever than fighting, and the way that Dr Carlos Findlay (a sainted figure today in Cuba) was written off as a crank and an eccentric despite being the first to work out the real path of transmission. Don't know if the video is still available online but there is certainly still some good background info here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/fever/
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