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Getting Zika virus

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by nina_online, May 4, 2016.

  1. nina_online

    nina_online

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    Any thoughts on a CFS patient getting the Zika virus?

    They have now connected Zika to ADEM auto-immune condition (as well as Guillain-Barré syndrome) in adults. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...se-deepening-fears-of-viruss-unknown-dangers/

    I have a trip planned to Mexico this summer and wondering if that is a mistake.

    I also worry about my children catching something that will trigger CFS (okay, maybe paranoia, but I'd do anything not for them to get CFS.)

    In case this matters: I have had CFS since adolescence; I think it was slow-onset and not viral. (Also, I have had significant depression/anxiety.)

    I live in Austin, TX, and I read a local article (http://www.fox7austin.com/news/local-news/112771936-story) that IF the Asian tiger mosquito starts to get Zika, then we will have a problem here. If it sticks to the "yellow fever mosquito" (I assume he is talking about Aedes aegypti), it will be a problem in Houston (and Miami, etc), but maybe not as much in Austin. I mention this because it might not make sense to worry about Mexico if we are going to have Zika here anyway. (Although my immediate house/neighborhood doesn't have many mosquitoes like most of Austin does and we would encounter many more mosquitoes near the jungle in Mexico.)

    Thanks,
    Nina
     
  2. halcyon

    halcyon Senior Member

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    Personally I'd be way more worried about hep a or an enterovirus vs. zika.
     
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  3. IreneF

    IreneF Senior Member

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    Here's a link to the CDC Zika travel info page:
    http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-information
     
  4. wastwater

    wastwater Senior Member

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    I wondered if zika could be transmitted casually like cough or contact like a common virus
     
  5. BurnA

    BurnA Senior Member

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    Why are you worried - they know almost nothing about Zika, more or less everything you read is speculation.
    Most people who get Zika don't get severe symptoms and have no adverse effects.
     
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  6. IreneF

    IreneF Senior Member

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    No, it's nearly always transmitted by a mosquito, like malaria or yellow fever. Apparently it can be transmitted sexually in some cases. It's probably also transmittable by blood or dirty needles.
     
  7. wastwater

    wastwater Senior Member

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    Does anyone think malaria could have something to do with ME/cfs
     
  8. EtherSpin

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    Nina at this early stage I'd say those are genuine concerns. I am the first in my family to be *diagnosed* with CFS but when I looked on one side (and at my own sibling and half sibling of sorts ) my family was riddled with strange little medical problems that seemed interconnected but often had an autoimmune component. it turned out to be EDS and one of my kids has that - unless you know of what predisposed you to CFS (unless it was purely environmental) you could be right about a risk to your child by exposure to viral load.
     

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