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poolepirate

The bug is back!
« on: January 05, 2011 »
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  • Despite taking careful precautions our family, over the past two days, has been badly affected with the usual sickness bug.The symptons are of a norovirus infection.  It struck us almost a year to the day from what happened to be a really bad case.

    Anyone else know of anyone else in the Los Gigantes area with similar symptoms.?


    Offline Tanemera

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    Re: The bug is back!
    « Reply #1 on: January 06, 2011 »
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  • Poolpirate, what do you define as "usual precautions"?  In my experience Vick's First Defence (Primera Defensa) squirted up the nose, before and/or after possible exposure to viruses, wards off colds, flu and other bugs.  "Possible exposure" includes travel by public transport (particularly by air), crowded shops, meeting someone who is suffering, etc.  In addition, regular hand washing with an anti-bacterial wash is a must.  My kids always used to come down with colds travelling on business trips by air but now take these precautions and, touch wood, neither they nor us have picked up anything nasty during flights for several years now.

    Ellen290965

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    « Reply #2 on: January 06, 2011 »
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  • We have recently returned from the Los Gigantes Hotel and despite being susceptible to bugs since contracting salmonella poising in the Caribean a few years ago, myself and all our party have been fine.  The Hotel was immaculately clean and anti bacterial hand wash facilities were available and guests were instructed to use them by the management.
    I am not suprised by the spread of these bugs FROM THE UK though as the personal hygiene by some people on the flight was very undesirable with coughs and sneezes definitely not being caught in handkerchieves.

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    Re: The bug is back!
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  • Thank the Lord for Ellen290965.  This is the only post with any sense.  Many times I wonder if people using this site have any sense.  The reason?  As any semi-literate person reading a UK newspaper will tell you, the UK is expected to experience its worst flu outbreak for 10 years.  Vaccinations are now running precariously short, and the manufacturers need 8 months to get more to the market!!  Meanwhile, planes carrying loads of germ ridden tourists are landing to blight this lovely island of Tenerife, and, in particular, Los Gigantes and its surrounds, and they have the nerve to blame Los Gigantes, or the hotel or something that has no connection to them!!  Planes, ill-mannered coughers and sneezers, and their ilk are the cause of the local illnesses.  The cure?  Tell them all to stay in the UK!!  After these tourists have returned, and after a short stay, subsequently recovered, they will, undoubtedly, tell their friends not to visit us as they have been so poorly whilst here; something that has never happended to them before - so it must be Tenerife and Los Gigantes in particular!!  Residents of the UK- DO ME A FAVOUR AND STAY THERE!!!!! - so I don't succumb to your germs.  Thank you

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    Re: The bug is back!
    « Reply #4 on: January 06, 2011 »
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  • Well, HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU TOO!  Let's at least have some reasoned debate about this - the 'bug' ie sickness etc - manifests itself wherever human life exists from time to time, whether it be Tenerife or England. If it were solely brought in from outside Tenerife then how come folks living almost hermit-style lives up in the mountains succumb to it?  We're not all ignorant sneezers in the Uk you know and some of Tenerife's germs have travelled to our shores too I'm sure.  Let's keep things in perspective and agree that this bug is very contagious and spreads rapidly so adopting sensible precautions at all times is wise. Otherwise enjoy life and enjoy travel too.

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    Re: The bug is back!
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  • Oh dear, VictorM!  With that attitude Los G will surely die!  Tenerife's main industry is tourism and I believe 52 per cent of the inhabitants of Los G are ex-pats (and much more during peak holiday periods), so asking them not to come is somewhat self-defeating.

    orange

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    « Reply #6 on: January 07, 2011 »
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  • There are many handkerchiefs and tissues used on planes, not so much to catch sneezes but
    for coughed up phlegm that smokers produce. Normally as the body goes into repair without
    paralysing chemicals from cigarette smoke.

    Some of the coughing that goes with this is quite inventive as some try to keep it down to avoid gut wrenching sounds.

    This is what the majority of coughing is about on a plane.

    Harry Mojo

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    « Reply #7 on: January 07, 2011 »
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  • Well said Tanemara, there are enough closed shops/bar/restaurants etc in LG and many more that are struggling. Telling everyone in the UK to stay away? - not very helpful!

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    Re: The bug is back!
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  • Well said Tanemara, there are enough closed shops/bar/restaurants etc in LG and many more that are struggling. Telling everyone in the UK to stay away? - not very helpful!

    I agree that telling everyone in the UK to stay away is not helpful, but I do understand the sentiments.  The outcry last winter from hundreds of holidaying Brits on various forums was unbelievable.  They were not prepared to have a civilised discussion, the faults were all to do with Tenerife and a couple of hotels in Los Gigantes.  Threads encouraging other visitors to sue these establishments were rife yet suggest that some travellers could have had the sickness before or during travelling was treated as IMPOSSIBLE. 

    Noro Virus is a fact of life, there are thousands of cases being treated each week in the UK.  I certainly do not believe that anyone who is infected will cancel their hard earned holiday so bring it with them.  We locals contact it and so starts the beginnings of the bug doing the rounds.  Personal hygiene helps, trying to avoid confined environments may too and certainly steer away from buffet type food should you see others picking at it with their fingers.  But I suspect it will be here to stay for several weeks and then come next year we will start all over again. :'(

    poolepirate

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    « Reply #9 on: January 07, 2011 »
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  • Speaking to someone in Los Christianos today they have a similar sickness problem. He also says that the smell of drains sometimes fills the air, a subject that has been mentioned on this forum.

    The area outside the tourist information shed is one that does from time to time have a certain whiff.

    orange

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  • I doubt one post saying 'Stay Away' will lead to a rush to cancel pre-booked Holidays or not book one.

    The problem would come if they started having temperature/health checks that take seconds at the Airports that would prevent travel
    or ones on arrival etc. Particularly as the death toll in England is stated to have reached 50 from swine flu.

    If this is a variant of swine flu rather than Novo Virus, those measures could develop.

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    Re: The bug is back!
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  • There was a saying during the war that, ?walls have ears?.  It was used to warn people of the potentially damaging consequences of idle chit chat.  Many tourists do a Google search to check out holiday destinations before booking a holiday.  During December, there were 166,000  page views on this website.  Any potential tourist  may well  conclude  from reading this message board that  the place  is plagued by a  epidemic of vomiting and diarrhoea of biblical proportions, which just isn?t true.  There will of course be isolated cases but no more  than at other resorts.  If we are not careful, this talk could well seriously damage the tourist industry and put jobs a risk. 

    Let?s not forget that this vomiting bug has been around for many years now. I recall that when I was a student, I suffered badly every  Friday and Saturday night without fail. In those days, (before the invention of modern medicine) the only preventative measure was to drink large quantities of alcohol followed by a chicken vindaloo but unfortunately,  despite my perseverance,  it never quite worked for me.

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    Re: The bug is back!
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  • Personal hygiene helps, trying to avoid confined environments may too and certainly steer away from buffet type food should you see others picking at it with their fingers.  



    Add salads to your list of things to avoid when there is evidence of an outbreak.

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    Re: The bug is back!
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  • Poolepirate began this thread by saying that he had recently caught the bug. He asked if anyone else had caught it in the area.  No one else in the area has claimed to have caught it.

    End of story.

    orange

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  • Hopefully it is....

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  • Well said Falstaff - I/we have been visiting for 15+ years without sickness - but have suffered from influenza in England several times!

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  • I had it only once in the 4 1/2 years I lived there. A Canarian lady told me to eat plain boiled rice, plain stir-fried chicken and green apples to get stomach back to normal after. Guess what, it worked!

    Paulina

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    « Reply #17 on: January 11, 2011 »
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  • Hi I picked up a bug. I realised after I had gone through the departure gates at the airport as I had to keep rushing to the loo.  Of course I could not buy anything there for it, so as soon as the air crew were released from there seats I rang the bell.  They broke open their first aid box and gave me a box of tablets which did the trick for the journey back at least. It got worse the next day then I soon recovered.

    Victor does the M in your surname stand for Meldrew?