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Problemi di sicurezza

Un sito americano ha inserito Copacabana tra le spiagge più pericolose del mondo.

La presenza di Polizia militare e Gendarmeria Municipale nelle garitte, in moto, auto o a piedi, non è sufficiente per rendere una zona tanto turistica e così densamente frequentata assolutamente impermeabile ai furti che da gennaio a luglio nel 2011 sono stati 3660, e sono passati a 4058 nello stesso periodo del 2012

In ogni caso, i suggerimenti per un turista sono sempre gli stessi: camminare possibilmente in gruppo, non avventurarsi da soli a piedi di notte e soprattutto lasicare a casa oggetti di valore, ma portare sempre con sè qualche banconota per le piccole necessità.

Altro suggerimento: prelevare negli appositi bancomat che segnalano i circuiti Visa e Mastercard, ma evitare di pagare con carta di credito in ristoranti e negozi che non si conoscono, per evitare i furti informatici.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dengue fever in Rio

 

 

E' giusto ricordare a tutti coloro che sono in visita a Rio che la città, come tutti i climi più caldi e soggetti all'umidità tropicale, sono possibili sedi di focolai di infezione di Dengue, trasmessa da particolari varianti di zanzare. A Rio città, specialmente nell'area turistica, il rischio è abbastanza limitato. Ma nelle regioni della fascia della cintura urbana più a nord il pericolo è più presente soprattutto nei periodo dopo le piogge.

 

 

The major in Rio declared that he has a new plan against Dengue fever, the desease that is increasing his affliction to thwe matropolis in the late years. Some voices says that the plans is to use 1blion reais to face the problem.

Just to remind everyone visiting Rio and warmer climates further north, Dengue Fever is an illness you might not be familiar with but you will want to avoid.  There is more information in the Essentials section of the website.

It is transmitted via mosquito bite and is not normally something to worry about in hotels and on the beach.  But if you're outdoors a lot, make sure to take some mosquito repellant along.

The Secretary of Health says that the occurrence of Dengue Fever in Rio is extremely high this season.

So, please be aware and take proper precautions,

If you do come down with dengue (a high fever and lots of joint pain) do not take aspirin or related NSAIDs because they can cause bleeding. That's a problem with dengue, which has a hemorragic form. Instead, rely on Tylenol to bring down the fever and control pain. There's no cure for dengue, you just have to get over it by taking care of yourself and taking Tylenol. (Use Tylenol according to instructions. It's easy to overdose.)

In the news today, the government announced the 48th fatality that included a girl, 7 months old.  And, it is principally affecting children.

They are recommending that children wear pants and shoes since legs and feet are more susceptible to unnoticed mosquitoes.  So apply your mosquito repellant to those areas in particular.

From Globo.com:

O novo prefeito do Rio vai assumir o cargo no primeiro do janeiro, em pleno verao, periodo em que a dengue costuma fazer mais vitimas. As temperaduras elevadas registradas esta semana levam a crer que o primeiro grande teste donovo chefe do Executivo municipal seria mesmo isso. A epidemia do ano passado matou 122 pessoas na capital, sendo 44 crianças. As ruas falam de proposta de investir 1blion de reais para enfrentar o problema.                      

 15 oct 08

"Como a epidemia de dengue tem afetado principalmente crianças, a Secretaria municipal de Saúde decidiu lançar na semana que vem uma campanha recomendando que crianças e adolescentes usem calças, meias e tênis ou sapatos, já que o mosquito transmissor da doença costuma voar baixo e picar principalmente pés e pernas."

On a Brasil new site, ig.com.br they are saying that there is a new case being reported every minute, over 2000 cases in the last 24 hours and the new number is 54. I do know that where I live, I haven't seen our dengue inspector for the last three months, and he used to come like clockwork. Every month. Perhaps the Prefeitura looked to save a few Reais, cut back and these are the results?

I have tentative plans to vist Rio in late Aug/early Sept.   What are the risks of dengue fever at that time?  Is it more or less under control? 

August/September are winter in Rio. Usually they are dry months, so the dengue epidemic should have ceased by then. It's been an unusually rainy fall in Rio, and that has given the mosquitos more opportunities to propagate. According to friends, the most affected areas are the Zona Oeste, which is far from the Zona Sul where most visitors spend their time. You'll have to stay tuned, though, to see how things go and take reasonable precautions, like wearing long pants and sleeves and using insect repellent if you want to reduce your risk further. But usually the epidemic is over by August/September, and eventually come back again with the spring of the warmer season.

Is there any medications the hospitals can use on the younger children? They have been afffected by it the most.

This subject has been a topic of e-mails I've received from perspective travelers, and we've had one or two travelers change or reconsider their travel plans.  So, it is important that we educate our members and future travelers to the real risk versus some of the hype.  There is a prediction that the cycle will reappear in 2009, so it is definitely worth discussing.

A big part of the problem in the Rio area is the Favelas that stretch along the hillsides and are immediately noticeable when you arrive and make the trip from the airport to your hotel.  Many of the Favelas are run by drug lords, contain a majority of the violence you read about in Rio, and exist mostly outside of government control.  Because of this, the government does not send in mosquito spraying trucks and the mosquitoes are breeding in open pools of water unabated.  Many of the inhabitants, unfortunately, are poor, malnourished children, in some cases without even shoes to wear, that seem to have suffered the most. 
This is yet another reason to stay away from the  Favelas while you're there.

 

As many experts mention, the Copacabana and Ipanema areas are far removed from the Favelas and areas where the risk is heightened.  Many of us remember visiting Rio about the five years when they also had an especially bad season.

Personally, when I visit next tropical summer, I will consider it another item on my list to be aware of, but not to overly worry about.  I'll rank it similar to watching my drink at the bars, always protecting my valuables, and not wearing expensive jewelry or visible cameras while I'm out.  As I did last year, I'll bring my insect repellant but I'll still be wearing my shorts and sandals. 

There are also some more natural ways to repel mosquitoes, such as typical repellent smokes inside the rooms, or particular plants on the terrace, like as citronella, geranium and eucalyptus. Or Neem plants, which are very difficult to find,  though.

Somebody mentioned on another site, that travelers with an already reduced immune system should consider the risk higher.  I heard from a good friend that visited the CDC website, that it can take 4 to 7 days for any  symptoms to occur.

I recommend that all travelers assess the level of risk that allows them to feel comfortable, and that includes visiting a foreign country in general. 

A girlfriend of mine got dengue and spent two days in the hospital last week. I assume for a transfusion. Another gringo friend got it five years ago, and he said it was really hell. But then, he drinks a ton, and I am sure that compounded the effects, or perhaps all of the alcohol in his bloodstream had a medicinal quality. To me, at least, the no see-um sandflies were much worse this year than last. I guess I was lucky. Was spraying myself before leaving the house nearly daily with bug spray. Also, bought cans of sprays to have in each rooms of the house and most fortunately, I invested in screens/mosquiteiros that are really unheard of in Brasil. They do obstruct my incredible views but at night, no bug bites.  All I know is that this year in Rio, the Prefeitura seemed to have the dengue inspectors out on the streets much less often. We have had fewer inspections over the past two years than previously. Perhaps Cesar Maia is to blame.He had to pay for the Pan-American Games somehow. It kills me every time I travel to Galeao for a flight and see the unfinished water treatment facility. Just think that instead of building the water park they had completed and operated that plant. They got the money from Japan and the Ex-Import Bank. And the others around Guanabara Bay as well. It is mind-blowing that twenty years ago, dolphins swam in the bay. Before the Petrobras tanker leaks. Instead, we all can see graft, graft and more graft. Rio is a great place, the Cidade Maravilhosa, but Guanabara Bay should never have ended up as the sewer for Rio de Janeiro. This new dengue infestation is simply the latest manifestation of these very backward thought processes.

The places where most gringos hang out will not be affected by dengue. That said, three Portuguese tourists have come down with it and the Portuguese government has warned tourists about traveling to Brazil, as has travel information posted on the US travel website. I still wouldn't worry about it, though. I only saw one mosquito the week I was in Brazil (first week in April) and that was in the Portuguese language school!

Here's an article I ran across that gives some natural tips for repelling mosquitoes.  If course there are many varieties, but many are only active around dusk or dawn.  There article also suggests not wearing dark colored clothing in addition to perfumes, hair products, and scented sunscreens, watch for the subtle floral fragrance from fabric softeners and dryer sheets.

Wearing the folowing oils can be used to naturally repel mosquitoes as well:

·  Citronella Oil

·  Lemon Eucalyptus Oil

·  Cinnamon Oil

·  Castor Oil

·  Rosemary Oil

·  Lemongrass Oil

·  Cedar Oil

·  Peppermint Oil

·  Clove Oil

·  Geranium Oil

·  Possibly Oils from Verbena, Pennyroyal, Lavender, Pine, Cajeput, Basil, Thyme, Allspice, Soybean, and Garlic 
 

march 2008

 

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