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ZIKA V. WHEN SEX IS NOT SEXY

CaribZone Commentary: Aubrey Campbell – Monday, January 25th

It’s another manic Monday and time for a bit of conversation. And as I started to write, I remember a bit of comic relief, linking sex and a snowstorm! That however, will not be the talk topic for today, but there is a bit of commonality there, somewhere.

Until a fortnight or so, ago, Brazil was on everybody’s mind because the ‘Road to Rio 2016’ came into sharper focus. Now there is a fork in the road and the GPS – another ‘Toy of the Century’ candidate, has suddenly lost satellite connection!

Brazil is making the news for all the wrong reasons of late but this latest bit is telling and it has to do with the Zika virus which is making sex more painful than it is pleasurable, and here is why. The Zika virus is being linked to infant deformity resulting in a perplexing spike in mortality.

Babies are being born with unusually small heads due to underdeveloped cerebrum, a condition known as microcephaly. Last week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reported that it has found the strongest evidence so far of a possible link between the mosquito-borne Zika virus and a surge of birth defects in Brazil.

Moments after, as if waiting to exhale or climax, your choice, the over-medicated Ministry of Health in Jamaica, issued a warning, asking women to delay getting pregnant for another six to twelve months, so that they can get this baby eating monster of a virus under control!

Like, seriously?

Jamaican women, all ages barring none, are warm to hot blooded homosapiens, a few degrees Fahrenheit more than their often faulty celebrated South American (Latino) counterparts.

I will skip the anecdotal stuff because this is no joke. The warning from the ministry went on to say that women who are pregnant should avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and I find myself asking the rhetorical question, where? The last time I checked, mosquitoes and Jamaica are super synonymous!

You can understand the level of impunity with which such a warning was rubbished. Jamaicans are not party poopers. Nothing is going to spoil their fun, no dengue, no chick v and now, no zika v, transmitted by the same medium, that dreaded Aedes aegypti mosquito!

Mosquitoes continue to be an environmental headache for Jamaica because there is just no respect for garbage disposal. Every inch of open space is a dump heap!

Where it’s going to hurt most is in the nation’s pocketbook when potential visitors heed the travel advisories being issue for the region.

Thousands, a million maybe. That’s the number of persons expected to converge on Brazil during the summer month for the Olympic Games. That’s when the mosquito community is at its most active.

As I said earlier, this is no laughing matter, it is not sexy. The reported cases of babies dying at two of the island’s leading multi-disciplinary healthcare facilities, resulted in the minister taking the fall and a talk of a more pro-active approach by the new head man. That’s all in the ‘polytricks’ of politics. I have come to the painful realization that the more things change, the more they remain the same! And that’s a shame.

Brazil will do everything it can to safeguard the health of the world’s best athletes and officials who will be there for the Games. The fans will be more than a handful and a bellyful, if you know what I mean!

But, to come back to the case in Jamaica. One doctor has already come out to say that the women are not taking this thing serious and forcing one reader to question such logic and the data to support such a claim, so quickly.

What we have is a case where sex is not sexy but don’t tell that to a Jamaican woman, at or above the age of consent! And having now to contend with not one but two mosquitoes, buzzing at your ears for different reasons and outcomes, will be a real challenge, well past any gestation period. It will be a lifetime challenge.

Microcephaly is no joke, neither should sex, and not just because the mind is a terrible thing to waste!

That’s today’s conversation. You have the final word. Share your thoughts, please!

Congrats to the teams contesting the 50th edition of Super Sunday, February 7! My pick is obvious, Carolina ‘Camry’!

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