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Old November 22nd, 2006, 07:34 AM
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We just returned from a cruise on the Jewel of the Seas. One of our port calls was Costa Maya, Mexico.

Yesterday, when I went to donate blood, I was told I couldn't, because Costa Maya was a malaria risk, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta. Now I can't donate for a year.

Anyone contemplating a cruise with this port of call may want to check with their doctor about the safest course of action. I realize the risk is small, but there is still a risk.
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Old November 22nd, 2006, 11:16 PM
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Actually, the CDC does not consider Costa Maya a "malaria risk" area in general. There are certain areas in Mexico which have a risk. Here's from their website:

"Risk in rural areas, including resorts in rural areas of the following states: Campeche, Chiapas, Guerrero, Michoacán, Nayarit, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, Sinaloa, and Tabasco. In addition, risk exists in the state of Jalisco (in its mountainous northern area only). Risk also exists in an area between 24°N and 28°N latitude, and 106°W and 110°W longitude, which lies in parts of Sonora, Chihuahua, and Durango. No malaria risk exists along the United States-Mexico border. No malaria risk exists in the major resorts along the Pacific and Gulf coasts."

All of Mexico, South and Central American have "some" risk. Too bad you couldn't give blood, though. Guess they don't want to take the chance, no matter how small the risk.

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The ship also visits many places, not necessarily during your particular sailing. If the previous cruise was, say, to the Panama Canal (definitely a malaria risk) then there could be some unwanted "guests" still onboard such a large vessel.

What is the life span of a mosquito? Can they find a mate and standing water on a cruise ship? Do adult mosquitoes pass malaria to their larvae? Good questions.

Also, I doubt they spray often onboard the ship.
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I also had to wait a year to donate blood after visiting Costa Maya. Seems like I remember Belize also being on the list that resuls in being excluded.
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My sister was told she had to wait a year to donate blood because she went to Playa del Carmen on a cruise. (????)

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Just a reminder that when cruising with the very young, it may be wise to stay out in the islands than cruise to Mexico, Central and South America. The risk has been there for years and was certainly a factor in cruise selection when my son was younger.


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We just returned from a cruise on the Jewel of the Seas. One of our port calls was Costa Maya, Mexico.

Yesterday, when I went to donate blood, I was told I couldn't, because Costa Maya was a malaria risk, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta. Now I can't donate for a year.

Anyone contemplating a cruise with this port of call may want to check with their doctor about the safest course of action. I realize the risk is small, but there is still a risk.
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