, check to see if Zika virus has been identified in the country or region you plan to visit. Go to http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/active-countries.html
to see which countries have Zika. If Zika virus is present, call your
healthcare provider before traveling if you are pregnant or if you are
trying to become pregnant.
, take steps to avoid mosquito bites:
During or after travel
- Use an EPA-registered insect repellant (bug spray) according to
instructions. Use the repellant day and night because the mosquitoes
that spread Zika are active during the day and night. EPA-registered bug
spray is safe to use if you follow directions as written.
- Wear long sleeves, long pants, and hats to protect your skin from mosquito bites. Consider using permethrin-treated clothing and gear (permethrin is a chemical to repel inspects).
- Sleep indoors in rooms with screened windows or air
conditioning. If this is not possible, sleep under a mosquito bed net
(preferably treated with permethrin).
- If you use sunscreen, apply the sunscreen first; then apply insect repellent.
- Visit www.nc.cdc.gov/travel/page/avoid-bug-bites for more information to avoid mosquito bites.
, if you develop symptoms consistent with
Zika (fever, rash, joint pain, and/or red eyes), contact the nearest
healthcare provider for care. If your health care provider is in
Arlington, s/he will contact the Arlington County Public Health Division
to discuss testing options. There is no specific medicine to treat
Zika, but you can manage the symptoms. If you become ill, you should:
- Take medicine such as acetaminophen to reduce fever and pain.
- DO NOT use aspirin or other non-steroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs: e.g., ibuprofen or naproxen; brand
names include Advil, Motrin and Aleve), because dengue infection,
another mosquito-borne infection with Zika-like symptoms, is associated
with bleeding in patients taking aspirin or other NSAIDs.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.