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Health Risks for Caribbean Islands



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For some music lovers the Caribbean calls to mind Bobby McFerrin's 1988 Grammy Award Song of the Year, "Don't Worry, Be Happy". Visiting the offshore Caribbean is not exactly a "Don't Worry" experience however, nor is it entirely without risk if one is to believe the United States Government's Center for Disease Control.

The Don't Worry - Be Happy! Vacation Chart below, admittedly, a somewhat self-serving promotion of the Florida Keys, and the related pages associated with this site offer some precautionary advice and travel tips to visitors planning to visit the "other" Caribbean Islands.

On the other hand if you prefer not to worry, and want a truly carefree, be happy Caribbean vacation consider vacationing in the Florida Keys. A link providing Health Risk Documentation to support the chart is provided in the navigation menu above, as well as an accepted Classification System for Health Risks when visiting different areas of the world.

 

OUR "DON'T WORRY - BE HAPPY!"
VACATION TRAVEL COMPARISON CHART

Health Risks
Caribbean Florida Keys
The "Other"
Caribbean Islands
Water Quality
Don't
Worry
Usually not a problem in resorts, but stick to bottled water when in doubt to avoid risk.
Tropical drinks
Don't
Worry
Stay clear of drinks mixed with tap water or ice from same source.
Vegetables and Fruits
Don't
Worry
Avoid risks of uncooked vegetables, salad dishes, or fruits you haven't peeled yourself.
Ocean Swimming*
Don't
Worry
Watch out for underwater hazards
Fresh Water Swimming
Don't
Worry
Risk of Schistosomiasis
Insect Diseases**
Recent cases of Dengue Fever in Key West
Possible risk of several illnesses due to insect bites. Dengue epidemic in some parts of Caribbean and Central America
Seafood
Don't
Worry
Only eat if confident seafood was stored properly
Airline Pesticide Spraying
Don't
Worry
Many Caribbean destinations
Health Facilities Available
Don't
Worry
Does not meet American standards, purchase travel insurance which includes emergency evacuation
Disease Control
Don't
Worry
Call Center for Disease Control in Atlanta for update on safety and health conditions 6 weeks before trip.
Vaccine Immunization
Don't
Worry
Consider getting booster shots

OVERALL RATING

Don't Worry, Be Happy
Come to the
Florida Keys

Some Precautions!


Follow Precautions!
To find out more about
precautions to take
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*Swimming

Caution - One thousand people die from drowning in the world each year.

Officials say lionfish which are extremely poisonous has invaded the Atlantic Ocean from North Carolina to Belize, predominately the Bahamas and elsewhere in the Caribbean.The Florida Keys have been relatively unaffected by the lionfish so far according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Caution should still be used when diving in reef areas.

Key West - Earlier in 1999 Key West beaches had to be closed to swimming because of high levels of bacteria. A new sewage system has since replaced the old system.

Beaches throughout Keys are tested twice monthly for coliform and entrococcus bacteria. Water quality test results are published in the Florida Keys Keynoter. The Monroe County Health Department has a beach information hotline at 305-293-1653 or 1-877-892-9585. Results of testing can also be seen online at http://www.doh.st.fl.us

Bahamas

( Abacos, Bimini, Andros, Exuma, Grand Bahama, Eluthera, Cay Sal Banks, San Salvador,etc. ) Between 1896 and September 2001 there were 41 documented shark attacks in the Bahamas; two of these were fatal.

Antilles

( Puerto Rico, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica, Netherland Antilles, Guadelope, and Martinique) - In the last 105 years there have been 42 attacks with 18 fatalities in the Antilles Islands.

Florida Keys

In the 118 year period between 1882 and 2000, there were 27 shark incidents with one fatality in the Florida Keys in 1952.

Shark Attacks - For Information on shark attacks Worldwide, and in the United States, Caribbean Bahamas and Antilles, Florida, North and South Carolina, Hawaii, California, Virginia and Volusia County CLICK HERE

 

**Insect Diseases - For information on West Nilke virus in Florida and the United States CLICK HERE

 

 

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