Kammie Holder Laments Barbados’ Lazy Response to Zika Threat

Kammie Holder, Insurance Executive and Advocacy Director, Future Centre Trust

Kammie Holder, Insurance Executive and Advocacy Director, Future Centre Trust

Musing of  local environmentalist Kammie Holder.

Many laughed at me when I did the 350PPM ride to highlight the optimal Carbon Dioxide emission the earth needs to return to for global warming to be under control, yet it’s what COP21 was about in 2015.

Many laughed at the tour I did of illegal dump sites where 100 tyres with mosquitoes where found.

Zika is upon us with the US CDC issuing a travel advisory against countries with cases. Unfortunately, many are not reporting that this mosquito born disease also causing paralysis in adults.  Hopefully, some day the lazy indifferent decision makers will learn the importance of the proactive approach. I guess they are waiting until the planes start arriving empty to act.

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  • @Georgie Porgie,

    YOUR MEDICAL EXPERTISE IS NOT NEEDED.

    BARBADOS HAS HAD A MOSQUITO PROBLEM FOR AT LEAST THE LAST 63 YEARS.

    WE WERE TAUGHT THE BASICS IN PRIMARY SCHOOL. WE GREW UP WITH PUBLIC HEALTH INSPECTORS DEALING WITH THE PROBLEM.

    BARBADOS HAS A MINISTER OF HEALTH. LET HIM DEAL WITH PROBLEM.

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  • Well Well & Consequences

    Simple…it has the potential to bring down the healthcare systems and economies if not controlled….for sure

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    Mosquitos tend to release some sort of saliva before they draw blood from their victims, it’s easy for them to pull in any and every virus from an infrcted person and go merrily on their way infecting everyone they draw blood from…nasty piece of work.

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  • Gp ac was especially looking to read your medical expertise on this subject.any way that is life

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  • re Hants January 25, 2016 at 10:00 PM #
    @Georgie Porgie,

    YOUR MEDICAL EXPERTISE IS NOT NEEDED.

    BARBADOS HAS A MINISTER OF HEALTH. LET HIM DEAL WITH PROBLEM.

    u r right there hantsie
    hope u r enjoying the cricket and the australian open
    hope sharapova get knock out tonight
    have nevr forgotten or forgiven hr for hr upstart win in 2004 at wimbledon

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  • @Georgie Porgie,

    JUST WATCHED SERENA DEMOLISH SHARPOVA.

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  • Hants January 25, 2016 at 11:54 PM #
    @Georgie Porgie,

    JUST WATCHED SERENA DEMOLISH SHARPOVA.

    i enjoyed it !

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  • @GP watching Federer vs Berdych. This should be a good match.

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  • @David,
    “With concerns spreading after a travel advisory for pregnant women was issued by the United States Centres for Disease Control, both the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) and the Caribbean Hotel &Tourism Association (CHTA) reported travel cancellations to the region due to the Zika virus.”

    Source:http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/77116/zika-bite

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    It’s frightening, not only for young and/or pregnant females, but just the mere fact that Zika has been reportedly found in sperm and there was a confirmed person to person transfer…..that is enough to halt all travel plans to the tropics for a while, until these current studies are concluded..

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  • Yesterday Sue Springer raised concerns as well. This is not a BU thing as the yardfowls would wholesale every argument, this is a real concern for one legged economy.

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  • If this Zika virus results in smaller brains…
    Perhaps it has been around this world for a VERY long time…
    and we are only now ‘discovering’ it.
    Perhaps it is already endemic in Barbados…
    That would explain quite a lot… 🙂

    @ Simple Simon
    Your mosquito mobility theory is flawed…
    What stops a St Philip quito from biting AC (when she is by the Froon)..
    who then drives down to Moon town and get bitten down there…?
    and another bite when she visits Pornville?

    Ya think these lotta shiite posts from AC are easy to assemble…?
    …and Bushie understand that ‘quitos are attracted to certain smells…

    @ David
    Bushie is a born skeptic…
    This blitz by CNN /BBC /WHO against Zika sounds like a cover for some sinister shiite.
    Do you realise that no SCIENTIFIC link has yet been established between Zika and the brain disorder? It remains pure speculation…
    One wonders what vaccination / drug has been unleashed in Brazil recently…..???

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Bush Tea January 26, 2016 at 8:18 AM
    “Bushie is a born skeptic…
    This blitz by CNN /BBC /WHO against Zika sounds like a cover for some sinister shiite.
    Do you realise that no SCIENTIFIC link has yet been established between Zika and the brain disorder? It remains pure speculation…
    One wonders what vaccination / drug has been unleashed in Brazil recently…..???”

    Born skeptic, maybe. But you might just be onto to something. How come the Chikungunya virus is no longer a health threat? Have the mosquitoes that spread that virus died out like the Bajan raccoon?
    Is this a marketing campaign by the South & Central America based pharmaceutical companies to push sales of some vaccine or quack medication?

    Here is a ‘real scientific’ fact Bushie. It is known that mosquitoes are allergic to people who smoke marijuana or ingest in whichever form. Now that should do something for the marijuana business.
    Why not promote the growth of the plant for local consumption which would have a twofold effect?
    One, to immediately reduce the indigenous mosquito population whose DNA Simple Simon has mapped out and found it to be susceptible to ‘smoke’.
    The second would be to revitalize the dying sugarcane fields now acting as dumping grounds and incubators for the dreaded mosquitoes and other vermin which will eventually move to vulnerable urban areas and carry out (under cover and with the obvious help of stupid brass bowls) health terrorism.

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  • millertheanunnaki January 26, 2016 at 8:42 AM #

    Chuckle…..excellent solutions and like BT,I too am a skeptic.

    SS confirmed that it has been around for a long time,so why has it decided just before Rio 2016 to be fruifull and multiply a 100 fold?

    I recall in the ’90’s coming back from a meeting in Guyana on opening my suite bag some big able mozzies came out,so SS theory on travel does hold water.

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  • Well Well & Consequences

    http://ow.ly/XxRFv

    Like the Bushman..I too am sceptical, in the 40s and 50s Africa was used, and still is, to experiment on everything. Hitler and his mad scientists played a huge role, experiments which are still used today.

    Something is way off.

    Simple…..I been searching for your statistics re microcephaly in the US annually and unable to findbit, can you post that info…..more and more frightenibg info is coming out and it appreas someone knew about all this prior to 2015.

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    There’s Another Devastating Condition That May Be Linked To Zika Virus
    While the connection between the two conditions is “highly likely,” it’s difficult to confirm the link.
    01/25/2016 01:00 pm ET
    Associated Press JENNY BARCHFIELD AND MARCOS ALEMAN

    TEAM STATIC VIA GETTY IMAGES

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two Latin American countries are investigating whether outbreaks of the mosquito-borne Zika virus are behind a rise in a rare and sometimes life-threatening nerve condition that can cause paralysis and leave victims on life-support.

    The Zika virus has already been tentatively linked to a rash of microcephaly, a birth defect in which babies are born with unusually small heads. And while the mechanics of how the virus may affect infants remain murky, authorities in Brazil, Colombia and El Salvador are urging women to avoid the risk by postponing pregnancies.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised pregnant women to reconsider travel to countries with Zika outbreaks, and on Friday it expanded the warning to 22 destinations, most in Latin America and the Caribbean.

    The rise in cases of Guillain-Barre has also alarmed health officials region-wide. The nerve disorder causes muscle weakness that generally begins in the legs and spreads to the arms and face, and can cause numbness, trouble walking and even limb paralysis. While most people recover in weeks or months, in severe cases the muscles used for breathing weaken so much that patients require life-support.

    Anyone of any age can get Guillain-Barre, although it is very rare. It is thought to be triggered by an infection — something as simple as food poisoning — and happens when the immune system attacks the body’s own nervous system.

    Researchers have been wary of Zika since French Polynesia noted a jump Guillain-Barre and microcephaly cases in tandem with an outbreak of the dengue-like virus, though the populations were far smaller than in the recent outbreaks.

    The World Health Organization said authorities in El Salvador reported 46 cases of Guillain-Barre in just five weeks, from Dec. 1 to Jan. 6. The full-year average for the country is 169 cases. Of 22 patients for whom there was information, at least 12 had experienced a rash-fever illness in the 15 days prior.

    Brazilian officials are also probing a near-simultaneous rise in Guillain-Barre and Zika, which was first identified in the country last May. It is believed that Zika may have arrived through a tourist at the 2014 World Cup or an international canoeing event the same year.

    Amid a Zika outbreak in the northeastern city of Salvador during last year’s rainy season, the Couto Maia Hospital saw an unprecedented rise in Guillain-Barre.

    “Zika was really bad here from February to July and then all but disappeared in August. In May, June and July, we had 24 patients come in with Guillain-Barre, and none since August,” said Antonio Bandeira, an infectious disease specialist at the hospital. In a normal year, he sees just two or three such cases.

    Most of the patients had also experienced Zika-like symptoms, which can include fever and red splotchy skin, Bandeira said.

    Meanwhile the Hospital da Restauracao in Recife treated about six times the normal number of Guillain-Barre cases, neurologist Maria Lucia Ferreira said. Of the 94 patients treated there during the rainy season, 50 of them died.

    However the scope of the problem remains unclear, as Guillain-Barre has been so rare that Brazil’s Health Ministry does not track the exact number of cases.

    Albert Ko, a professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, said a link between Zika and Guillain-Barre is “plausible and highly likely.” But the difficulty of diagnosing Zika and the fact that Guillain-Barre can set in weeks later have made it tough to confirm the link.

    “While many of us are convinced and believe it’s highly plausible that Zika virus caused this epidemic of Guillain-Barre, and can cause it anywhere the virus is being transmitted, we still lack really firm evidence to make that diagnosis,” said Ko, who has conducted research in northeastern Brazil for two decades.

    Zika originated in Africa and expanded to parts of Asia. When it was first detected in Brazil, health officials were not initially alarmed since the virus appeared to be like a less potent form of dengue. But then came the spike in microcephaly: Since October the country has recorded 3,893 suspected cases, compared with fewer than 150 for all of 2014.

    Brazilian officials say they are convinced of a link. International health bodies say it is not yet scientifically established, but they are on alert. The CDC said Friday it issued its travel advisory “out of an abundance of caution.”

    Earlier this week El Salvador recommended women avoid getting pregnant for the next two years, and some are taking that advice.

    “We were very lucky. My son was born before this,” said Fatima Mejia, who took her 17-day-old infant to a clinic outside the Salvadoran capital for a checkup. “I’m not going to get pregnant until this passes. I’m not going to risk a child.”

    In Colombia, Deputy Health Minister Fernando Ruiz said his country has recorded 13,531 suspected cases of Zika and that could hit a half-million this year. At least 560 involve pregnant women, though there have been no detected cases of microcephaly.

    Ruiz said there have been 12 cases of people with Guillain-Barre who also experienced Zika-like symptoms.

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    It’s very important to be informed…

    4 Facts About The First U.S. Baby Born With Zika Virus Defects
    There is no risk the virus will spread in Hawaii from this case.
    01/20/2016 12:00 pm ET
    Associated Press AUDREY McAVOY

    FOGSTOCK VIA GETTY IMAGES
    HONOLULU (AP) — Health officials say a baby born in a Hawaii hospital is the first in the U.S. with a birth defect linked to the Zika virus, a tropical illness currently found in Latin American and Caribbean countries.

    The Hawaii state Department of Health said the baby’s mother likely contracted the disease while living in Brazil last year and passed it on while her child was in the womb.

    Here are some questions and answers about the case.

    IS THERE A RISK THE VIRUS WILL SPREAD IN HAWAII?

    Not from this case.

    The Zika virus is spread when a mosquito bites an infected person and then bites someone else. It is not transmitted from person to person.

    Dr. Sarah Park, the Hawaii state epidemiologist, said Tuesday the mother no longer had the virus when she arrived in Hawaii and the baby no longer had it at the time of birth. There was no chance a mosquito could have bitten them and spread it to others.

    One of the mosquitoes that can carry the virus, Aedes aegypti, is not common in Hawaii. It has been found in some pockets of the islands and is blamed for an ongoing outbreak on the Big Island of the dengue virus, which is spread the same way as Zika. Dengue can cause high fever, headache, nausea and other symptoms.

    HAVE PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES CONTRACTED THE VIRUS BEFORE?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said at least 26 travelers returning to the U.S. have been diagnosed with Zika since 2007 — all of them believed to have caught it overseas. In addition, a person in Puerto Rico who had not traveled was diagnosed with the illness. On Tuesday, Illinois said two pregnant women tested positive for the virus after traveling to countries where Zika is found. Physicians are monitoring their health and pregnancies.

    Since 2014, the state of Hawaii has documented six people as having caught the virus in other countries, but there is no sign the disease spread to other people in the islands.

    HOW DOES THE VIRUS AFFECT PEOPLE?

    Zika causes only a mild illness in most people. Those infected can show fever, rash and joint pain that may last several days to a week.

    In Brazil, which is combatting a large outbreak, there has been a significant increase in cases of a birth defect linked to Zika. The birth defect is called microcephaly and involves babies being born with smaller than expected heads that may not have developed properly. Dr. Cynthia Moore of the CDC told reporters during a conference call last week that it’s hard to predict at birth how the condition will affect a child. But in severe cases, babies with microcephaly may have seizures, vision problems and developmental disabilities.

    FELIPE DANA/AP
    In this Dec. 22, 2015 photo, Luiza has her head measured by a neurologist at the Mestre Vitalino Hospital in Caruaru, Pernambuco state, Brazil. Luiza was born in October with a head that was just 11.4 inches (29 centimeters) in diameter, more than an inch (3 centimeters) below the range defined as healthy by doctors. Her rare condition, known as microcephaly, often results in mental retardation.

    WHAT ARE MEDICAL EXPERTS ADVISING PEOPLE TO DO?

    The CDC has issued an alert asking women at any stage of pregnancy to postpone travel to 14 destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean.

    The agency also has advised U.S. travelers to take steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites if they visit places in Latin America or the Caribbean where Zika has been spreading. The advice includes wearing long sleeves and long pants and using insect repellent.

    Park said the Hawaii case is a reminder that there’s potential for diseases to be introduced to new areas.

    “It’s a global village, people travel easily from various areas. You can’t just say that we’re so far away from where the disease is normally recognized that there’s no possibility of ever seeing it where we live,” Park said.

    She urged people in Hawaii to get rid of potential mosquito breeding sites around their property.

    Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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  • Interesting report from BBC on the Brazil situation.

    http://bbc.in/1SgVdpg

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  • Well Well & Consequences

    Miller….I went into Barbados when the Chikungunya was wreaking havoc, had nerve paralysis because of the pre existing nerve condition, then found out afterward that the virus stays in the body for 2 whole years, after infection….ya know I am avoiding Zika like the plague, something else is afoot.

    Appears chikungunya did not create enough havoc for someone.

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  • Oh yea of little faith. Though i walk through the valley of death i fear no evilness.

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    Update:

    “The U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown alerts U.S. citizens that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has upgraded its Zika virus advisories to include Guadeloupe and St. Martin. For the full text, please visit the CDC website. To obtain CDC travel notices, call the CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) from within the United States, or 1-404-639-3534 from overseas or visit the CDC website.”

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    AC….faith is fine, but action ìs better. Here is something to really fight against.

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  • Simple Simon did not say to keep your surroundings mosquito free will ELIMINATE the risk of being bitten. She said it would REDUCE it. It’s all about the odds. I keep my premises mosquito free as well as those of my immediate surrounding neighbourhood and wear natural repellant for suspect places. My son and I NEVER had any of these diseases whilst last year his school, teachers and pupils alike were dropping like flies. So what SS says must have some merit.

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  • And the garbage keeps piling up unchecked. Even after everbody and he granmudder had the chikungunya last year. I believe prevention is still better than cure. I haven’t seen a health inspector since a few years ago when the one responsible for my area went on vacation and was replaced by the rare conscientious man in the department. I don’t know what she looks like and I have been at home almost all day every day for over five years.

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  • Well Well & Consequences

    That Chikungunya aka Contortion wss something, I had dengue over 30 years ago and it wss something but not compared to Chikungunya….it will take a rare breed of fighters to get that disease gone before it takes hold.

    If they leave it alone….oh well.

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  • Does any one remember the last outbreak that occured a few years ago which was supposed to wipe humanity off the face of the earth. Oh yea of little faith

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  • @Well Well & Consequences January 26, 2016 at 10:38 AM “Simple…..I been searching for your statistics re microcephaly in the US annually and unable to find it, can you post that info.”

    Dear Well Well:

    Here is the information which you requested:

    http://www.childrenwithmicro.org/
    Foundation for Children with Microcephaly

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  • It comes as the health minister admits the country is "losing badly" in its fight against the ‪#‎Zika‬ virus.

    Brazil to deploy army in fight against virus

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    Thanks Simple…..25 thousand such births annually is a lot despite the population size.

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  • The Ministry of Health should set up a Zika website showing a map of where there are reported cases. People living in the surrounding area can then take extra precautions such as spraying, destroying breeding areas around their homes and using insect repellants in addition to their usual precautions.

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  • All this comotion. Any body remember the hype and hysteria surrounding the Ebola virus. I also remember that America refused to close it borders. In any event the world survived one of the most deadly virus and so would it survive tge Zika virus

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  • The world will survive but will we in Barbados? Probably. But we will be far worse off if we don’t act now. Do not trivialize the seriousness of this. Advisories have been issued. Cancellations will come. The sector which your government is depending on for recovery will lose some ground.

    Denying it is an act of a fool. A swift and sustained national cleanup with enforced and appropriate penalties for offenders would be the act of a wise man. Why that alone could win your people another election! They might even get my vote! So…. there could still be political gain. Stop working on the automatic mode of trying to fool the people! My head is big and contains a normal-sized brain. There are still enough of us to recognize a job well done…and vote in the party that does it!

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  • Barbados and a few other countries in this region have been placed on travel advisory lists by key source market for tourists. Cases of Zika have been found in Barbados. The whole island is concerned, even ministry of health officials and we have yardfowls on BU who would trivialize those who are expressing concern about the virus, to fog, clean the garbage, keep the place clean…

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  • The Ebola virus a now after thought brought the world to a stage of despair and confusion .people giving information most of what was misinformation. In the final analysis all govts worldwide worked together for a “good” a good that made way for meaningful discussions and solution. Yes there is always a green light at the end of the tunnel after all the waste is filtered and remove and empty rhetroic and political dialogue no longer leads the way.

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  • aedesaegyptimosquitoweb

    27 samples sent to be tested for Zika

    THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH is awaiting the results of 27 samples that were sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad for confirmatory testing of Zika. Three cases of the Zika virus were confirmed in Barbados on January 14. As it continues to monitor the disease, the Ministry of Health is encouraging members of the public… Read More

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  • The Ministry of health has already put sytems in place which should control any further advancement or larger increase in the out break of the virus. However the lot of political goobly junk emmited by the blp foot soldiers only serves the purpose to scare and cast fear to a politically charged enviroment

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  • I know of one person with Zika who tells me she would not wish this disease on her worst enemy. The Future Centre Trust has coordinated with their volunteers a reconnaissance of the island with the view of uncovering illegal dump sites. Twenty-Three (23) sites of illegal dumping have been uncovered and uploaded to an interactive which will be shared as a public service via http://www.trashout.me

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  • Good! that is the wway a society is superposed to work by getting involved with practical and sustainable solutions for the better

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  • Why go going ape-shit over Zika? This is nothing more than biological warfare unleashed upon the nation of Brazil BECAUSE Brazil had the gall to rescind a US$2 Billion contract with Israel to provide security for the upcoming games. But it must be spread to other nations so it does warrant suspicion. Look for the unleashing of ISIS and other terror attacks in Brazil very soon as well.

    When the “powers that shouldn’t be are ready to unleash sickness in Barbados they’ll do so” and Bajans will just accept the bile that’s spewed from the CDC.

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  • ‘doesn’t warrant’

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  • dont know about biological warfare! all i know is that mosquitoes breed all over the world

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  • Any country that is unfortunate enough to have a citizen as stupid as AC is …MUST of necessity suffer some kind of severe penalty….
    Even in a country of certified brass, this Accredited Cretin stands out as an idiot of biblical proportions…

    @ David
    If you continue to resist banning AC, then you should know that the blood of all bajan brass bowls will be on you and BU…..(especially you ..cause Bushie feels sure that the BU ‘better half’ would ban the idiot in a heartbeat…)

    @ Donna
    Simple Simon is a big girl …and a tough Bajan lady ….. she can handle the whacker.
    In fact, she seems to carry a wicked ‘lens herself
    (don’t be fooled with the newspaper in her hand – the collins wrapped in dat…. 🙂 )

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  • Bushie,

    I did say you were bored with making mock sport at ac and were looking for a bigger challenge. I know that she is packing and doesn’t need my help. But we girls have got to stick together! At least sometimes.

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  • “. Aedes aegypti and a couple of other species of Aedes day-biting mosquitoes are the main vectors and these are known to exist in every country in the Americas except for Canada and Chile.

    We won’t rest on our laurels in Canada. We have to keep trapping mosquitoes, seeing what we’ve got in case the distribution of the vector or the mosquito changes

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  • Now Kammie and his friends have identified the illegal dump sites we can give the offenders ten days to cease and desist from their illegal dumping on these sites. That will give them enough time to identify new sites to dump on. By order of the Minister of Health.

    Meanwhile all unruly students who refuse to follow teachers’ and principals’ orders and pick up someone else’s garbage will be suspended until they do so. By order of the Minister of Education.

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  • @David
    Barbados and a few other countries in this region have been placed on travel advisory lists by key source market for tourists. Cases of Zika have been found in Barbados.
    ++++++++++++
    It is Puerto Rico, I didn’t see it on any travel advisory.

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  • LOL @ hants
    “…We have to keep trapping mosquitoes, ”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    What trapping what mosquitoes what??!!
    You think ‘quitoes’ are idiots?
    Canada and Chile are just too damn cold for any sensible mosquitoes.
    But…
    When Global warming kicks in …and things warm up, especially the lotta water wunna got up there…wunna going see some fun when the big breed mosquitoes move in for wunna virgin Canadian blood….

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  • the only suspicion i sensed that in the height of the Tourist season when all major carribbean markets are doing well that the CDC would issue a stern warning about Zika . Yet when Ebola was rampant across the world america did not see it necessary to close their borders , Their might be a truth to conspiracy but formulated out of financial manipulation working to the benefit of america interest.Yes this is a dog eat dog world we live in and the big dog on the block does not entertain readily when the small dog sniffs on his plate
    Although these warnings might be warranted and necessary there seem to carry a red flag of preservation especially when statistical evidence of proof is yet to reveled substantial findings of significant infected populace infected with to the Zika virus similar to that of the Ebola virus

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  • CTO reporting cancellations to the Caribbean. Let us hope it is not too bad for Barbados.

    http://stluciatimes.com/2016/01/26/travel-cancellations-due-zika

    On 28 January 2016 at 10:16, Barbados Underground wrote:

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    AC…you will continue to spout that rubbish until an Aedes Aegypti loaded with Zika bites you in your rear end and makes you too ill to ignore that right now it’s Bajans also being affected.

    Did Ebola ever reach Barbados AC.

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    Here is where Caribbean governments after reading this excerpt, should actually start doing the jobs they are mandated to do, use their brains and cut down on their tourism dependency, which sane and intelligent people have known for years, is a double edged sword, but the greed and laziness in the politician would not allow them to move forward.

    When your self imposed only money earner is gone because of the spread of disease, don’t you think you should try other things. And note, given the amount of tourists always wandering around the islands, they could very well be the ones the mosquitoes are using to transmit the disease person to person, creating havoc for the industry……..

    “While Tourism related travel is the Caribbean’s major economic earner, it also contributes to disease spread. The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) indicated a record 26.3 million stay over tourists and 24.5M cruise ship arrivals in 2014, a 5.3 percent rise over 2013, and this trend continued in 2015.

    These visitors spent US$29.2 billion, another record for Caribbean tourism.

    The US continues to be the region’s primary market, with nearly 13 million Americans, just under half of the total arrivals to the region.

    However, high and increasing levels of visitor arrivals increase the potential risk for visitors and locals transmitting or acquiring diseases from each other.

    This was typified by SARs in 2000, the H1N1 pandemic of 2009, Chikungunya in 2013 and now Zika.”

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  • http://www.paho.org/hq/index.php?option=com_topics&view=article&id=427&Itemid=41484

    Zika fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease caused by Zika virus (ZIKV), consisting of mild fever, rash (mostly maculo-papular), headaches, arthralgia, myalgia, asthenia, and non-purulent conjunctivitis, occurring about two to seven days after the mosquito vector bite. One out of four people may develop symptoms, but in those who are affected the disease is usually mild with symptoms that can last between two and seven days. Its clinical manifestation is often similar to dengue, also a mosquito-borne illness.

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    See AC..there was no mention of Ebola.

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    Do you even know what Myalgia is…try googling Fibromyalgia and see how devastatingly ill being infected with Zika virus can make a person who already suffers with the preexisting condition which has no cure.

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  • Background

    Zika virus is a mosquito-borne flavivirus closely related to dengue virus. It was first isolated from a rhesus monkey in Zika forest, Uganda in 1947, in mosquitoes (Aedes africanus) in the same forest in 1948 and in humans in Nigeria in 1954. Zika virus is endemic in parts of Africa and Asia and was first identified in the South Pacific after an outbreak on Yap Island in the Federated States of Micronesia in 2007.

    The fact that is virus has been around for many years and there has never been an interest to finding a vaccine is abhorrent and inexcusable .
    but also can support evidence that the virus is not of catastrophic disaster as now being issued by the CDC
    These warnings although necessary have been very effective to delivering messages of fear which can be disastrous for the economies of small nation islands

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    “Zika virus” veroorzaakt door vaccin. Weer een nieuwe media leugen, wanneer stopt het?
    27 januari 2016 Simon Koorengevel 0 Comment vaccins, Zika virus
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    Another perspective on the devastating Microcephaly. …and all should be looked at, some is written in Dutch, but most In English.

    Dit artikel is 25624 keer gelezen!

    We staan weer aan de vooravond van de Olympische Spelen.

    Massaal zullen mensen weer afreizen naar Brazilië. Wordt het geen tijd voor een nieuw vaccin? De reclamecampagnes draaien op volle toeren dat een zogenaamde mug het Zika virus verspreid. Het hieronder geplaatste artikel in het Engels laat een heel andere oorzaak ziek. Namelijk de schade van vaccineren.

    THERE IS AN ERROR IN THE VACCINE/SHRUNKEN BABY BRAIN REPORT THAT MUST BE FIXED.

    A woman who is currently pregnant showed me her medical schedule. The vaccine is not MMR. It is Diptheria, Tetanus and Influenza in Mexico, and in Brazil it is Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis (Tdap).

    It will be VERY important for people who have posted MMR (this got reposted a lot) to change this to Tdap. I have confirmed that Brazil just got a new Tdap shot, which is the likely culprit. This report will remain unchanged, except for MMR to be replaced with TDAP. I knew it was a three way vaccine and errored with MMR, that is not what it is. THIS REPORT WILL NOW BE CORRECTED TO REFLECT THIS.

    UPDATE: THIS SHRUNKEN BRAIN PROBLEM DIRECTLY COINCIDES WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF A NEW TDAP VACCINE IN BRAZIL, WHICH WAS ANNOUNCED IN DEC 2014 AND WENT INTO USE IN 2015. IRREVOCABLY BUSTED, From the National Institute of Health:

    I have top posted the Tdap vaccine scam so people who were on vacation when this first went up can find it. NEW Tdap VACCINE THAT DESTROYS BABIES WHILE THE MOTHER IS PREGNANT HAS BEEN RELEASED, AND THE RESULTS ARE DEVASTATING

    RED ALERT: A NEW TAINTED Tdap VACCINE HAS SUDDENLY CAUSED THOUSANDS OF BABIES IN BRAZIL TO BE BORN WITH FAR UNDERSIZED BRAINS IN THE PAST TWO MONTHS ALONE

    “when these facts are added to the fact that the Zika virus has never done anything prior but cause a mild cold, suddenly blaming it for thousands of shrunken baby brains is outright medical fraud.

    They are now fronting brain damage caused by a newly formulated Tdap vaccine as a “Zika virus outbreak”. Problem: The Zika virus, which has been known about for 70 years, has never done anything to babies while the mother was pregnant. Zika results in a mild cold and is all over the world now doing nothing to anyone with a mortality rate of ZERO. QUESTION: why did it suddenly blow the brains out of thousands of babies in ONE LOCATION – Brazil in the past two months alone when ZERO reported cases of this outcome have ever been recorded prior? ANSWER: Because a new Tdap vaccine, which was spawned to destroy babies before they were born rather than after birth (due to the new awareness that autism is caused by intentionally destructive vaccines) was launched in Brazil in May of 2015. Gates&Cohorts now need a scapegoat to pin the damage on, and “ZIKA” sounded spooky enough.

    UPDATE: REFERENCES WHICH PROVE THE SHRUNKEN BRAINS ARE Tdap VACCINE CAUSED AND NOT BECAUSE OF ANY ZIKA VIRUS ARE NOW SCREEN CAPTURED AND EMBEDDED BELOW THIS REPORT, (and there are plenty of other references that prove this if you go out an look for them.)

    Tdap induced shrunken brains: The new autism.

    The new “Autism”, titled “Microcephaly” has suddenly smashed it’s way into delivery rooms overnight and destroyed more than 2,400 Brazilian newborn babies en utero in only the past 2 months with ZERO DESTROYED IN THE MONTHS PRIOR. The false reason is stated to be caused when a pregnant mother is bitten by the mosquito carried African zika virus, which recently “made it’s debut” in Brazil in 2015. This is an obvious bold faced lie, because the pattern of symptoms does not match the virus which has been proven to have infected humans since 1954 and has never previously been associated with shrunken brains in newborn babies, nor does the geographic propagation pattern match the natural propagation pattern of a mosquito carried virus that would cause undersized brains in newborn babies if it really did exist.

    This “shrunken brain” issue in newborns was just suddenly in Brazil as if someone flipped a switch, and the only way that could reallyhappen is via the sudden arrival of a new brain destroying Tdap vaccine, which all pregnant Latin American women are strongly encouraged to get before week 22 of pregnancy. This sudden occurrence of shrunken brains perfectly matches the probable arrival of the real culprit – a tainted Tdap vaccine, which if administered in May (when this virus supposedly arrived) would be causing precisely the shrunken newborn baby brain problems Brazilians are having now, right on schedule.

    The claim is that a mosquito naturally carried this disease across almost all of South and Central America in only six months. This defies all logic because mosquitoes have a life cycle that is too long for immediate propagation and won’t fly more than a mile from where they hatch, which would limit the movement of a totally new disease to a mile or so a month, not 30 miles a day. A continent wide outbreak of a totally new virus is not the same thing as an outbreak of malaria, which is already everywhere and only needs the correct conditions to bring it forward.

    As standing proof of the impossibility any totally new host/carrier/host dependent disease could naturally propagate so rapidly, just look at how long it took the killer bee which needs no intermediate host to propagate through south and central America. It took the killer bee decades to do so and bees can fly miles in a day. And the killer bee was not host dependent, which in the case of the Zika virus, which is host dependent might permanently quarantine such a virus to a small area via demography alone. Additionally, if the zika virus spread so readily, it should have made it to Brazil from Africa during the first periods of air traffic 50 years ago, traveling to Brazil via infected passengers, who would then pass it along to the Brazilian mosquitoes. If it was as contagious as they claim, and it really did shrink baby brains, it should have been decades old news.

    ADDITIONALLY, AND EVEN MORE IMPORTANT IS THAT SOME OF THE NEWS RELEASES RELATED TO THIS “DISEASE” WERE ORIGINALLY DATED WEEKS INTO THE FUTURE, WHICH MEANS SOMEONE IS DOING IT AND THE MEDIA RELEASE WAS PRE PLANNED, TO MAKE THE SPREAD OF THE DISEASE APPEAR TO SPAN MORE THAN A YEAR, WHEN IT HAS NOT.

    The first undersized brains from Tdap vaccines and NOT this disease were first seen in Brazil IN NOVEMBER OF 2015. IF SO, I’d like an explanation for how this virus, which has NEVER been associated with small brains before suddenly caused more than 2,400 children in Brazil to be born with undersized brains SINCE NOVEMBER OF THIS YEAR and has now been pinned to RECENTLY BORN babies with undersized brains in far away Mexico, when according to the story it arrived in Mexico in November of 2015? THERE IS NO WAY IN * THIS DISEASE WENT FROM BRAZIL TO PERU TO MEXICO TO ALL ACROSS THE CARIBBEAN IN ONLY SIX MONTHS UNLESS SOMEONE DID IT BY INTENT, OR THERE IS NO ZIKA DISEASE AT ALL, AND IT IS ALL A VACCINE SCAM, SPREAD RAPIDLY VIA REFRIGERATED BOEING JUMBO JETS.

    Here is the wiki:

    “In May 2015, Brazil officially reported its first 16 cases of the illness.[9] According to the Brazilian Health Ministry, as of November 2015 there was no official count of the number of people infected with the virus in Brazil, the disease being not subject to compulsory notification. Even so, cases were reported in 14 States of the country. Mosquito-borne Zika virus is suspected to be the cause of 2,400 cases of microcephaly and 29 infant deaths in Brazil in 2015.[10]” interesting, when it has never been associated with that before!

    “The emergence of Zika virus in South America led to a rapid spread throughout South and Central America, reaching Mexico in November 2015”

    My response: Yep, it is in Wikipedia, which anyone can write to, including those involved in this plot, and they can just make it all look normal. Yep, symbiotic host/carrier/host diseases just rip across continents to all corners in months, faster than a bush tribesman could travel! IT REALLY IS THAT WAY, Wikipedia said so!

    REALITY: This is a host/carrier/host disease which requires new mosquitos to be born before it can spread. This makes it absolutely impossible for it to rip across the entirety of Latin America, from Chile to Brazil to Mexico in only six months. It would take DECADES for that process to complete. But 20 Boeing jets could carry the real brain shrinking cause via vaccines to all corners of Latin America in only 12 hours, with the zika mosquito being a convenient scapegoat for the devastation that followed.

    Here is another wiki quote:

    “The first human cases were reported in Nigeria in 1954.[3] A few outbreaks have been reported in tropical Africa and in some areas in Southeast Asia.[4]

    By using phylogenetic analysis of Asian strains it was estimated that Zika virus had moved to Southeast Asia by 1945.[2] In 1977 – 1978 Zika virus infection was described as a cause of fever in Indonesia.[5]

    The first major outbreak, with 185 confirmed cases, was reported in 2007 in the Yap Islands of the Federated States of Micronesia.[6] A total of 108 cases were confirmed by PCR or serology and 72 additional cases were suspected. The most common symptoms were rash, fever, arthralgia and conjunctivitis, and no deaths were reported. The mosquito Aedes hensilli, which was the predominant species identified in Yap during the outbreak, was probably the main vector of transmission. While the way of introduction of the virus on Yap Island remains uncertain, it is likely to have happened through introduction of infected mosquitoes or a viraemic human with a strain related to those in Southeast Asia.[2][6] This was also the first time Zika fever had been reported outside Africa and Asia.[7]”

    My response: ALL OF THAT, AND IT WAS NEVER ASSOCIATED WITH SHRUNKEN BABY BRAINS UNTIL IT HIT BRAZIL, WHERE IT JUST SUDDENLY WHACKED THE BABY BRAINS OUT OF 2400 PREGNANT MOMS! See what I am getting at here? And if they change things, and say this disease has a history of shrinking baby brains, remember, up until now IT WAS NOT SO, so something else is causing the brain destroyed babies, it is not any “zika disease”, something else is causing it and I guess they figured “zika” sounded spooky enough to blame it all on while they proceed to blow baby brains out with pre-natal pregnancy vaccinations. In many Latin American countries, women are strongly encouraged to get the Tdap vaccine no more than 22 weeks into a pregnancy. Since the story line behind the Zika explanation is patent bullshit, another vector is being used, which leaves only the previously harmless Tdap vaccine as the only available real “shrunken brain” transmission vector, BET ON IT.

    Additionally, they would never release such a disease with the mosquito as the carrier, because the tribe is everywhere, Kikedom has infiltrated all corners of the earth and they won’t make themselves vulnerable to their own weapon. That means their weapon has to stay safely within needles and vials, to be separated out by marking “Ashkenazi” on the race card questionnaire handed out by every single hospital they will ever go to. Those who identify their race as “Asheknazi” will get a differently sourced vaccine.

    Ok so to sum this up:

    Prior to 2015, the Zika virus was never associated with shrunken brains in newborn babies.
    The propagation pattern is impossible, no mosquito borne disease that requires and intermediate host can get to all corners of a continent in only six months. Such a rapid propagation would require the disease to move 33 miles a day, day after day. Mosquitos do not breed, infect, lay eggs and hatch young to re-infect any faster than two weeks and won’t fly more than half a mile during their lives, and if movement of people could spread it so fast, it would have happened decades ago. This disease might take six months to go 30 miles, not go 30 miles in a day!
    The Zika virus has been known about since the 1950’s, and requires a carrier host during it’s life cycle. If it is so contagious it can rip across a continent via mosquitoes alone in only six months, which would require people flying around on airplanes to do, then it should have traveled across the ocean to Brazil as fast as an airplane can fly along with an infected host carrier from Africa, more than 50 years ago.
    The autism / child vaccination link has now been so firmly drawn that the scammers need an entirely new venue before they get totally busted, and pre-birth vaccines have to be that venue. They need a safe way to do this and they are not going to get the job done by letting their weapon loose in the wild, where it can jump out of the bushes and nail them. They need a scapegoat for the intellectual damage they need to cause to maintain their future tyranny, and the zika virus is virtually assured to be their chosen scapegoat.
    They claim this disease is ripping through the Caribbean island nations. QUESTION: HOW DOES A MOSQUITO BORNE ILLNESS, WHICH TOOK 50 YEARS TO JUMP FROM AFRICA TO LATIN AMERICA END UP PROPAGATING THROUGHOUT THE CARIBBEAN IN ONLY A FEW MONTHS, WHEN EACH LOCATION IN THE ENTIRE REGION IS, FROM A MOSQUITO’S STANDPOINT, EQUALLY SEPARATED BY OCEAN?

    Good question, and I have the answer, CASE CLOSED:

    I’ll tell you what is going on here – VIRTUALLY ASSURED: Bill Gates or some other slime ball released a new vaccine in response to the autism uproar, which was to be administered to women while pregnant, to destroy the baby en utero so post-birth vaccines would not be blamed for damage they want to do to ALL children and are no longer completely getting away with. The zika virus has to be there to take the rap.

    A WARNING TO ALL WOMEN WORLDWIDE: AVOID ALL VACCINES DURING PREGNANCY, AND SPREAD THE WORD TO OTHERS, EVEN IF THEY THINK YOU ARE CRAZY FOR SAYING IT. THERE IS NO MOSQUITO BORNE DISEASE CAUSING THE SHRUNKEN BRAINS, LOGIC PROVES IT HAS TO BE ADMINISTERED BY INTENT.

    BRON

    HERE ARE THE CAPTURES THAT PROVE IT:

    zika 2

    Waardeert u onze website, like ons dan op Facebook

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  • Well Well & Consequences

    I have never even heard of a pre birth vaccine given to pregnant women before and why would pregnant women need such a vaccine. If true, I hope females in Barbados and the Caribbean are outright rejecting any such vaccine.

    AC….was it not yoù and Alviñ busily trying to help shove HPV vaccine ìnto the systems of 11 year old girls and young females on the island….ya’ll are beyond dangerous. ..lol

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  • @ Well Well
    Some shiite is afoot.

    Zika is mosquito- borne and is known to cause relatively light symptoms compared to chikungunya and even dengue. These Western albino countries have recently been using CNN /BBC MSNBC etc to promote an alleged link with brain disorders in newborns …. a link that is yet to be established, …and which NEVER existed before.

    Apart from their ever present eagerness to promote global pandemics in order to support their chemical / drug industries, these western countries have a long history of deliberately sabotaging those countries that dare to cross their paths….

    Anyone knows what the ‘B’ in BRICS stands for…?
    Anyone knows what BRICS stands for….?

    Brazil has of late been a thorn in the West’s side – in financial, business and other global issues. It is no coincidence that the previously popular president has been overcome with charges of corruption…. Brazil’s economy has been ravished in the last few years, and with the Olympics due this year, it was only a matter of exactly what tactic would be employed to sabotage that event…

    Countries that followed a similar independent financial path like Brazil in the recent path – (with suggestions of moving away from the US Dollar and IMF/World Bank domination of global finances) include….
    ..Cuba
    …Panama
    ….Libya
    …..Iraq

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  • CDC has advised that a vaccine for Zika is 10 years away. Medical officials are advising teenage girls should stay the hell away from travelling this side of the hemisphere. Bahamas, Jamaica, TCI,BVI will likely be greatly affected because this falls in the spring break segment.

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    The Bushman…it’s frightening, but do not look for a let up anytime soon with all the existing agendas, barring Divine intervention, which is quit possible.

    David…something is very wrong and if I was not myself infected with 2 out of 3 of those mosquito borne viruses, I too would believe the entire load of horse shit.

    Fact:

    Over 30 years ago I was infected with the deadly dengue while pregnant, it caused the embryonic sack to release all its water at 5 months, while heavily sedated with antibiotics I gave birth at 6 months. My son is a 6 footer, in his 30s today, the biggest of my children……remember, Dengue is deadly.

    With preexisting nerve damage, I also got infected with the very deadly Chikungunya,, nasty experience.

    Something is not sitting right about Zika and Microcephaly. …although people with preexisting condition should be very careful as it too can turn deadly.

    Yep…..something dirty is afoot.

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    CNN has cited, not to long ago, Barbados as an example concerning the spread of Zika throughout South and Central America. They say the Caribbean, where Barbados was mentioned, will not be spared from Zika. The travel advisory is in effect for that entire region and several carrier airlines are offering complete refunds or alternative destinations away from the affected region. Tourism will be significantly halted and Barbados will in no way avoid its effects.

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  • WW&C u are such a hypocrite even mire dangerous than Ebola. Your problem u try to wear many hats of convience

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  • @David January 28, 2016 at 8:29 AM “Medical officials are advising teenage girls should stay the hell away from travelling this side of the hemisphere.”

    But aren’t these teenage college girls all virgins until marriage? And since they won’t marry until 23 or so Zika should not be a problem for officially sexless teenage girls.

    Actually if might be best that they get Zika now while they are in their virginity so that they are immune and can’t catch it when they are married ladies in their twenties.

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    AC….do you know if females in Barbados are being injected with any vaccines, or even anywhere in the Caribbean….I don’t, but you should check, everything is worth checking out and looking into, your posts are vaguely hinting that the relationship between Zika and Microcephaly is questionable.

    I bet you are doing so in a bid to keep pimping tourists for Barbados, but the tourists are way ahead of you……right…lol

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  • Well Well & Consequences

    And AC… Unlike you I can walk and chew gum at the same time, have more than one train of thought going throughout the day as well as multitask within exceptable limits, why should I apologize for that, if you want that to ruin your day, too bad…lol

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  • All day long u talking a load of shite i dont know who got the biggest as..hole u or bush shit
    Dont even have the balls to provide evidence to substantiate all the poop you dispense across the
    internet.
    Talking bull shit about a “train” of thought ..and a whole lotta rubbish on that train.

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    Lol….AC, why did you stop licking Owen Arthur’s feet so suddenly…..don’t let yourself be troubled by me, we need to know why you are no longer hot on Arthur, I hope he knows your identity and keep many miles away from you.

    In the meantime, nothing you post on here will stop the inevitable, it could take another 2 years before tourists may get the ok to travel to the Caribbean again….what will Fruendel do for foreign exchange…….bear in mind he cannot even sell you…..worried yet.

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  • ok here is one for the conspiracy theorist

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  • WHO is all over the place with the Zika warnings now it is ok for pregnant woman to travel to high risk countries

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  • is it true that there are few mosquitoes around at the moment because it;s the wrong time of year and there is a drought anyway? When does the season usually start?

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