The following information contains tips for travelers going to visit friends or family in areas with Zika over the holidays.
Before your trip:
- Check the CDC’s Traveler’s page for the latest updates for the country you are visiting.
- Speak to your doctor.
What to pack:
- Long sleeve shirts and pants to protect from mosquito bites
- EPA registered insect repellent
During your trip:
- Cover your skin with long sleeves and pants and use insect repellent.
- Sleep in screened-in and air-conditioned rooms when possible.
- Remember that Zika can be sexually transmitted, so use proper precautions.
After your trip:
- Continue to protect yourself from mosquito bites, because Zika can remain in your blood stream for up to 3 weeks. This will help prevent your family and friends from contracting Zika from mosquitos.
- Learn about the symptoms of Zika and see a doctor if you feel sick.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2016. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/visit-family-friends-area-with-zika
Link to Environmental Zika Page: http://www.mga.edu/risk-management/environmental-health-and-safety-division/zika.aspx