3 Steps to Preventing Zika Virus Infection during Trips Abroad

Preventing Zika Virus Infection

These tips will help prevent infection Zika virus, which began to extend to all warm countries.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently issued a warning to pregnant women traveling to some 30 countries in which there is a high risk of infection Zika virus .

This is because the Zika virus has been linked directly with the birth of babies with microcephaly . Zika virus can also cause flu-like symptoms any infected person. Zika is common in warm climate countries in Caribbean and Central America . It is also found in South Pacific and South America . There are chances that the Zika virus spreading to other parts of the southern United States as the warmer months come around.

Because Zika is transmitted by mosquitoes , which can be prevented. Even with the travel warnings CDC can reduce the risk of exposure Zika while traveling. Only one in five people infected with Zika virus will develop symptoms such as fever, rash, redness or pain in the joints . These symptoms are mild it is often difficult to know if one has the virus.

Zika sexually transmitted

The Zika virus is transmitted sexually and having unprotected sex with an infected man can lead to infection. It is advisable to practice abstinence or safe sex while traveling to high-risk areas.

preventing mosquito bites

The Zika virus is spread by the bite of Aedes mosquito one. The CDC recommends that you should use repellents containing DEET 20% more to avoid mosquito bites when traveling to high-risk areas. It is also recommended to cover with nightwear and on the side of selected buildings and climate controlled. It is also recommended avoid activities that could put at direct risk of mosquito bites such as outdoor camping or fishing. Prevention effective mosquito bites, you need not worry about the Zika virus.

Assay Zika virus

One of the reasons why the CDC is quite adamant about the travel ban for pregnant women is because of how difficult it is to diagnose infection the Zika virus. No rapid tests for Zika virus infection. Blood samples and urine have to go through a sophisticated laboratory tests to determine if you are infected or not. Zika virus is quite similar to Dengue and Yellow Fever and there is often misdiagnosed because of false negatives and false positives. To be on the safe side, it is advisable to avoid travel until after delivery.


Author Biography Maggie Martin is completing his PhD in Cell Biology, works as a laboratory technician for Mybiosource.com contributes content and Biotechnology, life Sciences, and viral outbreaks. Follow on Twitter @MaggieBiosource .

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