I just want to point out the drastic disparity in the way most mosquito born viruses are perceived. Dengue fever, zika and chikungunya are all mosquito born viruses and are all rather common place here. That fact is not nearly as scary as the media hype and CDC make it out to be. Contracting these viruses is no worse than a cold or flu. Dengue fever is the worst of the three and will result in a week of feverish sweats, Mom knows first hand and it didn't slow her down too much. Chikungunya is a few days of soarness and maybe some cold symptoms, Dad didn't even call in sick when he had it. Zika is relatively mild, everyone in Dads office still came to work when infected, they just looked like they partied too hard the night before because it does give you very bloodshot eyes. We think Noah may have had it because his eyes were a bit blood shot and he complained of a headache for a day.
Zika does have concerns of its own for pregnant women, but to the general public it's really not a big deal. I think the DOH reports about 600 cases here, but I would guess the number is over 10 times that because nobody bothers going to the hospital for it. We have had 29 pregnant women test positive for Zika and to date all the babies have been born healthy.
I realize that, just like the flu, certain people will be more susceptible to illnesses and these three viruses may be more unpleasant than described for them. I just want to counter all the fear going on for something so mild in most cases, but I am sure there is lots of money to be made by the medical/pharmaceutical institutions because of it. DON'T be afraid.
NOAH NEWS: Noah is an uncontainable embodiment of energy and curiosity. This fact is awesome, but very tiring.
TIPS FOR FUTURE A.S. RESIDENTS: AHHHHH!!!! Zika is coming!! Run! Run!
The Jaskowiak Family
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