Zika in Cuba?

Old Jan 22, 16, 11:47 am
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Zika in Cuba?

Has anyone heard anything? Cuba and much of the western Caribbean islands seems to be out of the danger zone per the CDC, but I'm concerned it's just a matter of time. I need to go there for business in mid-March, when I'll be 24 weeks pregnant, and I'm considering canceling, as I'm extremely prone to mosquito bites and don't wish to bathe myself in DEET from the moment I step off the plane.
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Old Jan 22, 16, 8:11 pm
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If you are pregnant you should avoid Cuba as well. Its not the cleanest city in the world.

http://ecdc.europa.eu/en/healthtopic...ravellers.aspx
http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/...irus-caribbean
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Old Jan 22, 16, 9:39 pm
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I've traveled in developing countries while pregnant in the past, without problems (ie Indonesia), so that part doesn't worry me. Nether of the links you provided show Cuba as being affected by Zika.
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Old Jan 23, 16, 6:41 am
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So then go right ahead and you know you'll be taking a risk.
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Old Jan 23, 16, 11:55 am
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Thanks for providing no help whatsoever <eyeroll>
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Old Jan 23, 16, 10:22 pm
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What are you looking for here? The CDC has not listed Cuba among the zika-affected countries. You seem quite concerned about what the future could bring. If that's the case, don't go. Rather than arguing with well-meaning advice, realize that nobody can give you a definite answer about what the situation will be in March.
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Old Mar 19, 16, 10:32 pm
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I ended up canceling my trip and getting a colleague to travel in my place a couple of weeks ago, when that news piece came out about the Cuban military mobilizing 9000 soldiers to "pre-emptively" "battle" zika by going house to house fumigating. I didn't trust that the Cuban government was being honest about the presence/absence of the disease in the country. Why would you "battle" something that wasn't actually there? Maybe this is a total no-brainer for those of you who are more familiar with Cuba than me.

Seeing that there now has been locally transmitted cases has made me happy about my decision.

I'm in central Florida now visiting a friend, and will be heading to NYC in a few days for a short babymoon with the husband now that the Cuba obligation is off my plate.
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http://www.who.int/csr/don/29-march-...a-and-cuba/en/
http://michiganradio.org/post/pure-c...virus#stream/0

Links for future travelers. As of April 15, 2016, there have been 8 cases of Zika.
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Old Apr 23, 16, 1:51 am
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Originally Posted by djjaguar64 View Post
If you are pregnant you should avoid Cuba as well. Its not the cleanest city in the world.

http://ecdc.europa.eu/en/healthtopic...ravellers.aspx
http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/...irus-caribbean



it seems to me that there are zika virus cases as well in the USA (more then 800 cases ?) and it would be astonishing to me if there are no cases in Cuba.

http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/united-states.html
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Do not travel to miami
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Old Sep 12, 16, 1:02 pm
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Originally Posted by djjaguar64 View Post
If you are pregnant you should avoid Cuba as well. Its not the cleanest city in the world.
Cuba=country
Did you mean Havana specifically?
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Old Sep 13, 16, 6:15 pm
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Originally Posted by VidaNaPraia View Post
Cuba=country
Did you mean Havana specifically?
Unfortunately no one knows if its Havana only or in other parts as well. So you take a chance. BTW, we are going to be there in October & December, yes in HAV.
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Old Sep 15, 16, 11:03 am
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The Cuban media is reporting locally contracted cases now. Very interesting article from Nature about Cuba's prevention scheme:

http://www.nature.com/news/mosquito-...o-long-1.20429
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