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IMPORTANT health question for all who attended the Bonaire Invasion

Discussion in 'Invade Bonaire, 2013' started by beaner, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. Jax

    Jax Deplorable American ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Jenni, I did not invade Bonaire but I did travel during the same time. Apparently there is a virus going around that is handily passed through airports. Basically, a form of flu with gastroenteritis effects. Treat the symptoms as you would with any other flu / virus. I know at least six people that also traveled (for work, as did I) that had the same thing.

    ---------- Post added July 6th, 2013 at 01:28 PM ----------

    Damn. Didn't want to go there, but one of my coworkers ended up in the hospital. Me, the worst was over in 24 hours. Good luck to your friend! S/he may not have had any antibodies to help kick this thing's butt.
     
  2. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

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  3. beaner

    beaner Nassau Grouper

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    Thanks very much Jax, that helps and I'll let her family/doctors know.
    You're right, she doesn't have the antibodies to kick it out herself as her immune system is already compromised.
    We were so stupid to not think of having her wear a mask while traveling through airports and on the four flights it took to get to/from BON.
    A very unfortunate common-sense mistake.
    Here's hoping the doctors are able to treat it fairly quickly... we're going on 3.5 days now.
    :(

    ---------- Post added July 7th, 2013 at 05:11 AM ----------

    Thanks Pete!
    I've forwarded similar info... Here's what I've been able to find out about potential disease risks in the Netherlands Antilles from the Canadian, American and Netherlands Antilles governments.By reading over the symptoms of each of these, it seems unlikely that Hepatitis A and Typhoid -- the most likely diseases which can be contracted there -- are what she is suffering from:
    Canada - Netherlands Antilles Travel Destination, Travel Disease Risks, and Vaccination Recommendations
    America - Health Information for Travelers to Netherlands Antilles, including Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St. Eustasius, and St. Maarten - Traveler view | Travelers' Health | CDC

    Netherlands Antilles - Disease Report -- they are currently reporting NO outbreaks within the last year of ANY diseases
     
  4. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

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    She's in our thoughts!
     
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  5. tracydr

    tracydr Divemaster

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    WNV and other mosquito illnesses can look similar to this. I'm thinking of her with well wishes.
    Also, have they tested her for flu? H1N1 seems to have an odd habit of hitting in the off seasons. Some of the flus from other countries that can show up in airports could be like this, too.
     
  6. beaner

    beaner Nassau Grouper

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    Thanks Dr. Tracy, she lives in the Northeast and has been in hospital for 3.5 days on heavy morphine.
    Today they performed a spinal MRI, so we're just waiting to hear further news.
     
  7. mselenaous

    mselenaous Island girl ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Sorry to hear this Beaner.
    All I can home with was a ton of dirty laundry and an ear infection (3rd time in the past year - I'm just prone).
    There was a placard at Immigration Check in about H7N9 flu (I guess that's the latest version of avian influenza).

    Wishing your friend a speedy recovery. So glad you 2 had a great trip otherwise.
     
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  8. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

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    I remember that warning, but I don't think it referenced Bonaire. In fact, it appears to be a respiratory infection and is confined to China. Avian Influenza A H7N9 - CDC
     
  9. beaner

    beaner Nassau Grouper

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    Thanks to both of you!
    I'll make mention of it anyway -- I'm sure the doctors will have thought of West Nile and Avian Flu, but it never hurts to bring it up just in case.
    j
     
  10. cardzard

    cardzard Orca

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    Roxane and I are both fine and I have not been contacted by any other crew members saying they are sick.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Janet and her family.
    Please keep us updated when you can Jenni.

    I do not know of any health advisory's that have not already been posted.
    I apologizes for not responding to this thread earlier but we were traveling all day yesterday.
     
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