Recent travel health notices have been issued by public health authorities for people travelling to areas where Zika virus is known to occur. Zika Virus is primarily transmitted by mosquitoes, although sexual transmission can also occur. Symptoms include fever, headache, red eyes, rash, and joint pains. The illness is usually mild, lasts between 2 to 7 days, and affects only 1 in 5 people infected. Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects and women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant should consult with their healthcare provider prior to booking travel to areas with active Zika transmission (http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pregnancy/questionanswers.html).
As Zika continues to spread to many countries, we recommend you regularly review the CDC Travelers’ Health website for updated information: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/. Guests are reminded to take enhanced precautions against biting insects by covering exposed skin, and using insect repellent. Comprehensive health information can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/.