CDC adds 2 destinations to interim travel guidance related to Zika virus

Aruba and Bonaire added zika travel advisory list

The CDC recently added the following destinations to the Zika virus travel notes – Aruba and Bonaire.  CDC has issued a travel notice for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.  Specific areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing are often difficult to determine and are likely to continue to change over time.

Travelers to areas where cases of Zika virus infection have been recently confirmed are at risk of being infected with the Zika virus. Mosquitoes that spread Zika are aggressive daytime biters.  They also bite at night. There is no vaccine or medicine available for Zika virus. The best way to avoid Zika virus infection is to prevent mosquito bites.

Some travelers to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission will become infected while traveling but will not become sick until they return home and they might not have any symptoms. To stop the spread of Zika, travelers should use insect repellent for three weeks after travel to prevent mosquito bites.

Some people who are infected do not have any symptoms. People who do have symptoms have reported fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. Other commonly reported symptoms include muscle pain and headache. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon and the number of deaths is low. Travelers to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission should monitor for symptoms or illness upon return. If they become sick, they should tell their healthcare professional where they have traveled and when.

For a full list of affected countries/regions: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information.

 

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