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Anywhere specific to be tested for Dengue/Zika/'Gunya' on STX?  

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pilatesgal318
(@pilatesgal318)
Reputable Member

Hi all,

Thinking I may have one of these lovely mosquito born illnesses and would like to get tested to confirm. High fever out of nowhere, chills, headache joint aches (my knees and hands hurt!), but no rash (I know that doesn't present in all cases). Was thinking maybe the flu but I have no stomach symptoms, no sinus congestion, no sore throat, cough - seems a bit suspicious to me! Is there anywhere specific I need to go to get the blood test or can I just go to Dr. Prasad's office in Princess? I know one is to report their suspicion of having one of the viruses to the Health Department.

Any advice would be much appreciated!

pilatesgal318

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Posted : December 11, 2016 12:19 am
stjohnjulie
(@stjohnjulie)
Prominent Member

Give these places a call to confirm free testing...(might be free to pregnant women only):
- Department of Health MCH Clinic

- Department of Health WIC Clinic

- Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center

- Frederiksted Health Center

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Posted : December 11, 2016 8:14 am
pilatesgal318
(@pilatesgal318)
Reputable Member

Thanks, stjohnjulie,

I will call tomorrow. For some reason, I do believe I read at some point that the testing is free for pregnant women only (perhaps just for the Zika virus?). I don't mind paying for testing, just would like to see if it is one of these mosquito born illnesses. Sure is seeming like it to me, comparing my symptoms to all of my many friends who have had Dengue and 'the Gunya' the past few years!

pilatesgal318

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Posted : December 11, 2016 10:21 am
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Islander

"Anyone who wants to get free Zika testing can come to the U.S Virgin Islands Department of Health Clinics either on St. Croix [at Charles Harwood Memorial Hospital] or St. Thomas to get tested [the testing process takes about 15 minutes]. Turnaround time on results is one to two weeks."

"For more information on free testing, call the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health Zika hotline at 340-712-6205."

https://www.vimovingcenter.com/talk/read.php?4,275926

You can get tested, if you wish to confirm that you've got one of the mosquito borne viruses but aside from confirming it, there's not much they can do to alleviate the symptoms. Hope you feel better soon, pilatesgal.

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Posted : December 11, 2016 10:37 am
speee1dy
(@speee1dy)
Islander

i thought your family doctor could request the test?

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Posted : December 11, 2016 10:53 am
pilatesgal318
(@pilatesgal318)
Reputable Member

Thanks, Alana - I know nothing can be done but would simply like confirmation. Whatever it is, it came on like a freight train, but now is just lingering annoyingly, with headache and joint pain. Just when I was going to get on a plane to see my parents before the holidays...not so sure it is a good idea to travel, even though my fever is gone. I know that whatever it is, it is not out of my system yet and I DO NOT want any type of relapse, nor do I want to get my mother and 86 year old Dad (with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's) sick! I need to go up to see them/help her care for him, but can't do much good if my body is still fighting some crud!

pilatesgal318

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Posted : December 11, 2016 12:52 pm
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Islander

I've had dengue twice.
Miserable for a month, both times.
Missed the chikengunya but friends that had it said it was worse than dengue and for older friends, lasted much longer.
Months in some cases.
So far, so good with avoiding Zika.

Good luck with the testing.
If you're not feeling up to par, best, indeed to wait to see your folks.
I believe that dengue and chikengunya are not contagious or transmissible from person to person but Zika virus is a whole different ballgame.

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Posted : December 11, 2016 1:13 pm
BeachcomberStt
(@BeachcomberStt)
Noble Member

http://stthomassource.com/content/news/local-news/2016/09/09/zika-update-majority-56-new-zika-cases-reported-st-thomas

"Health is also partnering with several labs and clinics throughout the territory to provide free virus testing for anyone who is showing symptoms. The department said that if you are turned away from testing or are told to pay for testing then to call Health, since it has agreements in place with several facilities. These places should not be charging for Zika testing:"

"For local information about Zika virus, call the Department of Health Emergency Operations Center at 340-712-6205."

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Posted : December 11, 2016 4:28 pm
pilatesgal318
(@pilatesgal318)
Reputable Member

Thank you, BeachcomberStt!

pilatesgal318

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Posted : December 11, 2016 9:09 pm
BeachcomberStt
(@BeachcomberStt)
Noble Member

You're welcome, pilatesgal318. Hope you feel better soon.

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Posted : December 11, 2016 11:35 pm
LiquidFluoride
(@LiquidFluoride)
Noble Member

What exactly would a test do for you?

There's no treatment for any of these viruses other than rest and hydration...

None of the mosquito born blood viruses are contagious except through the bugs or perhaps needle sharing or some other blood swapping activity.

I think the Zika hysteria is hilarious... another boondoggle by the federal government, I wonder how much money was wasted on THAT non-issue.

The whole basis of that fear campaign is in question.

There was a [URL="http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/abinazir/2011/06/15/what-are-chances-you-would-be-born/"]1: 400,000,000,000,000[/URL] chance of you being born: what have you done with your miraculous life today?

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Posted : December 14, 2016 1:46 pm
speee1dy
(@speee1dy)
Islander

didnt obama want to give the cdc more than a billion to fight it

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Posted : December 14, 2016 2:06 pm
islandjoan
(@islandjoan)
Noble Member

A test is very important!!!
It will confirm whether she has Zika or another virus.
Then she will know what NOT to do.

For example, (from https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007666.htm
DO NOT take aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), or any other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory until your provider confirms that you do not have dengue. These medicines can cause bleeding in people with dengue.

ALSO the concern with Zika, besides microcephaly, is Guillan-Barre syndrome, which has killed a couple of people in Puerto Rico.

Wouldn't you want to know which virus you have contracted????

What exactly would a test do for you?

There's no treatment for any of these viruses other than rest and hydration...

None of the mosquito born blood viruses are contagious except through the bugs or perhaps needle sharing or some other blood swapping activity.

I think the Zika hysteria is hilarious... another boondoggle by the federal government, I wonder how much money was wasted on THAT non-issue.

The whole basis of that fear campaign is in question.

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Posted : December 14, 2016 2:14 pm
vicanuck
(@vicanuck)
Noble Member

I wouldn't waste my time or money either. Just suffer through and be done with it.

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Posted : December 14, 2016 2:17 pm
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Islander

Actually, according to the CDC, Zika can be transmitted by means other than solely mosquitoes, whereas dengue fever and chikengunya aren't.
https://www.cdc.gov/zika/transmission/index.html

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Posted : December 14, 2016 2:18 pm
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