Last year I worked in the Caribb’ zone blissfully unaware of said virus, with not many problems, but not until we hit Haiti did mosquitos become more of an issue…. They are of course everywhere - Florida down to Venezuela and beyond.
The real problems with Chikungunya infection rates soared once I’d left….
PRs bounce came back end of summer 2014… (see below)
My boss’s wife went down with the bug late Oct in the Dominican Rep’. Being young she survived the 3 day high fever easy, but the joint pain took some months to shift, it lingered in her wrists for much longer.
A yank solo cruiser we met at Salinas Marina this year claimed he’d just got over it, but insomnia and sleep problems were persisting… this was this year during late Jan.
However while anchored in the Salinas estuary near the mangrove masses the mosquitos were at their very worst, even with copious amounts of OFF! applied we all got multiple cluster bites while hauling anchor at 06:00…
Back of legs and core body arms/shoulders their preferred bite points.
Nets, and mesh window porthole/hatch mosquito screens are sensible boat extras while in cruising the tropics.
Being at sea you have zilch problems, good reason to be out there methinks, rather than doing little ashore.
Feb/March is the best time to avoid the main problems in the region… but come end of summer, much more vigilant you’ll need to be. I suspect the infection rates this year will be even greater than during 2013/14. As the global recession grinds on it’s a given.
We have the genetic tech to rid the world of these pesky insects, why we don’t just do it… heaven knows?