Manaus…place to avoid??

Manaus…place to avoid??

England’s Football Manager Roy Hodgson is in Manaus, Brazil, trying to build bridges after saying that Manaus, for whatever reason, was a place to avoid.

I’ve read in lurid headlines that you can get rabies, malaria, hepatitis….all sorts of diseases. No different then to most of the rest of the world. Taking precautions ie medication, inoculations is pretty much the norm these days for most holidays outside of Europe.

Manaus is a modern city. Yes, it has poor areas but so do most other cities. Manaus has a beautiful centre with an Opera House, French style square, shopping centres, modern luxury hotels and more then these it is surrounded by the amazing Amazon Rainforest.

I have spent many an evening in the square with friends and alone, without ever feeling afraid. I have walked alone back to my hotel in the evening and never been bothered. The comments I’ve read about it being drug ridden I don’t recognise as the city I know and love.

Our footballers are spending just a few days in Manaus. Yes the heat and humidity will hit them when they first arrive, but they are the fittest young men in the country, they can acclimatise and if they can’t cope with a couple of hours of football in the heat, God help us.

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Rabies, hepatitis and drug wars !!! Newspaper headlines…World Cup

Rabies, hepatitis and drug wars!!,

One of several over the top warnings about going to Manaus I read this morning.

Oh please…..

I doubt that our footballers will get anywhere near an animal when they are in Manaus..they will be encamped in five star, air-conditioned hotels. But if they did dare to venture out they would find the streets are not full of raving, rabied dogs anyway.
Manaus is a modern city, a bit run down certainly, but not a backwater in the jungle. It has all that any traveller, or footballer, could wish for plus the amazing Amazon Rainforest on its doorstep.

Inoculations can be had for rabies, if staying for months and living in jungle, that is.
As for Hepatitis, its generally caught through sexual contact, so the message is obvious to these young men. Inoculations can be had for it too, if they feel incapable of controlling their urges.

Sure it’s hot and humid, but if the team gets there early, acclimatises, drink loads of water, I’m sure that a couple of hours of football is not going to kill them. They are meant to be the fittest young men in the country aren’t they.

And drug wars?… This is Manaus….not Mexico.