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Getting Zika virus

Messages
43
Location
Austin, TX
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
 

IreneF

Senior Member
Messages
1,552
Location
San Francisco
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
Here's a link to the CDC Zika travel info page:
http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-information
 

wastwater

Senior Member
Messages
1,267
Location
uk
I wondered if zika could be transmitted casually like cough or contact like a common virus
 

IreneF

Senior Member
Messages
1,552
Location
San Francisco
I wondered if zika could be transmitted casually like cough or contact like a common virus
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.
 

EtherSpin

Senior Member
Messages
257
Location
Melbourne , Australia
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.