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Zika Virus

Know Before You Go

If your summer vacation plans include travel to areas where Zika is a threat, keep these CDC recommendations in mind.

What is Zika?

Zika is a disease primarily spread by mosquitoes, but a man with Zika can spread it to his sex partners as well.
Learn more about Zika at CDC.
To find out if your travel destination has Zika, check CDC's Travelers' Health page.

Pack to prevent

  • Insect repellent (look for DEET, picaridin, IR3535, OLE, or PMD among the ingredients)
  • Long-sleeved shirts and long pants
  • Clothing and gear treated with permethrin
  • Infant carrier mosquito net (if needed)
  • Bed net (if mosquitoes can get to where you’re sleeping)
  • Condoms (if you might have sex)

Protect yourself

  • Use insect repellent. Reapply as directed. Remember to apply sunscreen first and then insect repellent.
  • Cover exposed skin when possible.
  • Stay and sleep in screened-in or airconditioned rooms. Use a bed net if you’re sleeping outside.
  • Use condoms if you have sex.

STOP the spread

  • Watch for symptoms when you get home.
  • Call your doctor immediately if you suspect Zika.
  • Use insect repellent for 3 weeks after travel.
  • Use condoms when you have sex.

Zika symptoms (are mild and last about a week)

  • Red eyes
  • Fever
  • Joint pain
  • Rash

Pregnant or trying to conceive?

  • Zika is linked to birth defects.
  • If you're pregnant, you should consider postponing travel to any area with Zika.
  • If your male partner travels to these areas, either use condoms or don't have sex for the rest of your pregnancy.
  • If you are trying to become pregnant, talk to your doctor about your travel plans.
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Understanding Zika Virus / Know Before You Go

Summer 2016 Issue: Volume 11 Number 2 Page 4