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jtbayleee
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September 26, 2010 2:26 pm  

Hi all,

I'm currently in school for my BS in Biology, and then on to PA school, and looking to move down there when all down. I was reading the post on Dengue and became interested in some of the other illnesses down there. Ciguatera was very interesting to read about, is there anything else that is common down there.

Thanks,
Jeff


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East Ender
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September 26, 2010 3:51 pm  

I believe that both dengue and ciguatera are found in the mainland US. They are subtropical-tropical diseases, though. Most common diseases here are hypertension and diabetes.


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Suzette
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September 26, 2010 4:25 pm  

I would say the most common disease here is alcoholism. 🙁


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roadrunner
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September 26, 2010 7:48 pm  

I would say the most common disease here is alcoholism. 🙁

Diabetes and hypertension would be in the running, too!


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Drlove
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September 29, 2010 6:23 am  

Chlamydia.


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Linda J
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September 29, 2010 12:25 pm  

You need to do some research. Chlamydia is widespread and certainly not unique to the USVI.


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Ericw
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September 29, 2010 1:17 pm  

Chlamydia.

HAHAHAHA


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aquaponics
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September 29, 2010 7:43 pm  

Rock Fever!


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NugBlazer
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September 29, 2010 11:40 pm  

Island fever.

Cruzans do it better.


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antiqueone
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October 2, 2010 1:20 pm  

Centipiede stings, Rock fish stings, sea wasp stings, secondary and tertiary syphillis, TB, AIDS, contact dermatitis from manchineel trees, Child abuse, gun shot wounds.


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arson340
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October 5, 2010 3:27 am  

I would say the most common disease here is alcoholism. 🙁

Self inflicted disorders are more commonly known as stupidity.


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Bombi
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October 5, 2010 11:58 am  

Rashes from nettle grass and the sap of tan tan and there's the jelly fish stings. Reef rash when you get cut on the reef.

optimist with low expectations on STX


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sugarlander
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October 5, 2010 1:22 pm  

Antiqueone got me wondering. What is a manchineel tree? So I looked it up:

The tree and its parts contain strong toxins. It will secrete a white milky substance during rainfall. Allegedly, standing beneath the tree during rain may cause blistering of the skin from mere contact with this liquid. Burning the tree may cause blindness if the smoke reaches the eyes. The fruit can also be fatal if eaten. Many trees carry a warning sign, while others are marked with a red "X" on the trunk to indicate danger.

The Caribs used the sap of this tree to poison their arrows and would tie captives to the trunk of the tree, ensuring a slow and painful death. A poultice of arrowroot was used by the Arawaks as an antidote against such arrow poisons. The Caribs were known to poison the water supply of their enemies with the leaves. Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León was struck by an arrow that had been poisoned with Manchineel sap during battle with the Calusa in Florida, dying shortly thereafter.

I definitely will be avoiding this tree it in the future.


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