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Zika Virus May Impact Spring Travel Plans

​The CDC has issued a travel advisory for visitors to parts of South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Samoa, and Cape Verde where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

Zika virus is transmitted by the Aedes species mosquitoes, which are aggressive daytime biters. 80% of infected people have no symptoms and those who develop clinical illness generally have a mild, self-limited course. Severe disease is uncommon. However, there is concern that Zika virus infection in pregnancy may be associated with an increased risk of congenital microcephaly or being born with an abnormally small head and improperly developed brain.

All visitors to affected areas are urged to practice strict mosquito precautions including the use of insect repellent (that contains DEET, picaridin, or IR3535), wear long clothing if weather permits, and remove standing water. Because there is neither a vaccine nor prophylactic medications available to prevent Zika virus infection, CDC recommends that all pregnant women consider postponing travel to areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. Pregnant women who visited an affected area during their pregnancy are encouraged to have testing to rule out infection.

A list of countries included in the travel advisory is available here:

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information

As always, Vanderbilt employees planning international business travel should schedule a preparatory visit to the Occupational Health Clinic, ideally 4-6 weeks before departure. Details of the occupational travel service are available on the OHC website:

http://healthandwellness.vanderbilt.edu/news/2001/09/international-travel-exam

Leisure travelers are encouraged to seek medical advice from their PCP or the Vanderbilt Travel Clinic before their trip.

Learn more about Zika on the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html.


Posted on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 in Occupational Health Clinic, Updates and tagged , , , , , ,

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