What is it?

Zika infection is caused by a virus which is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito

The illness is typically mild and lasts only a few days

What are the symptoms?

Fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes)

80% of people won’t have symptoms

How can I contract Zika?

From an infected mosquito

In recent years there has been a significant increase in cases

You should not travel to areas where you could contract the Zika virus if you are pregnant

Zika-carrying mosquitoes which have bitten pregnant women are causing birth defects

You should avoid conceiving (both men and women) for at least 3 months after being in a Zika risk area

If travel is unavoidable discuss your risks with us in relation to your itinerary

Where can I contract it?

Outbreaks of Zika virus disease have been recorded in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Central and South America, as well as in Mexico, parts of the Caribbean and the Pacific

What vaccines are available?

There is no vaccine or medication that protects against Zika virus

How can I prevent it?

Use insect repellents containing DEET or Icaridin

Treat clothing with permethrin or purchase permethrin-treated clothing

When weather permits, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants

Use air conditioning or window/door screens to keep mosquitoes outside

Help reduce the number of mosquitoes inside and outside your home or hotel room by emptying standing water from containers such as flower pots or buckets

What is the treatment?

Get plenty of rest

Drink fluids to prevent dehydration

Take medicines, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) to relieve fever and pain

Avoid aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and naproxen as there is a slight risk these can exacerbating bleeding

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