Only about 1 in 5 people infected by Zika virus will have symptoms. These include low-grade fever, muscle and joint aches, headaches, rash.
All travellers should strictly take steps to avoid mosquito bites to prevent Zika virus infection and other mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue and malaria. This includes:
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants;
- Use insect repellents as directed containing DEET (not stronger than 50% concentration) or picardin. Apply this leaving no longer than 4 hours between applications.
- If using sunscreen, then apply it first and then the repellent.
- Use permethrin-treated clothing (including socks, pants, shirts) and objects such as boots, tents.
- Bed nets may be necessary depending on the risk described for the particular location.
- Preferably spend time and sleep in screened –in and air-conditioned rooms.
Women who are pregnant (any trimester) or plan to fall pregnant should cautiously postpone travel to any area where Zika virus outbreaks exist.
There is currently no licenced/registered vaccination available for the prevention of the Zika Virus.
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