One of the main protagonists of the BBC’s Death in Paradise series has revealed for the press that he contracted the Zika virus while shooting in the Caribbean. Furthermore, it is also possible that as many as 265 other crew members that have traveled to the Caribbean with the programme could be infected.
Shortly after the crew members started to feel unwell, the production company insisted that better precautions should be taken to prevent further spreading. According to Tony Gardner, a large number of the already infected 200 British people could have contracted the disease while filming in the Guadeloupe.
The action takes place on a fictional island, located in the Caribbean, Saint Marie. Also, Death in Paradise is a French and British joint production.
Tony Gardner believes that he most likely got infected with Zika while relaxing outside, drinking beer. Mainly because he thinks that it would have been better to use larger quantities of mosquito repellent than he used to. He then goes on to describe the initial symptoms.
“About a couple of hours before I flew out I got a rash”, says Tony Gardner.
Later on, over the course of one week after the first signs of the Zika infection, he says that he experienced joint pain mixed with swelling. Moreover, he also developed an increased sensitivity to light.
In spite of all this, he declares that he is not worried for himself. However, he expresses his concerns for pregnant women, in particular, and infected men who wanted to start a family. Ultimately, Tony Gardner said he was not allowed to disclose further information, as the programme is likely to become a medical case study.
Ironically, the Red Planet Pictures’ spokesperson said in a press conference that all efforts were made and no expenses spared in order to keep the crew members safe from the Zika virus. The production company’s voice goes on to state that the information on the Zika virus and how to avoid contracting the disease was available at all times on the set. In a press release, the Red Planet Pictures production company declares that only a small number of crew members have been infected with Zika so far. However, Tony Gardner believes that most of the team involved with the programme has most likely contracted the virus.
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