Zika virus spells worries for travellers

Published on : Thursday, July 21, 2016

Zika virusZika virus is constantly on the minds of travellers who are planning to for a vacation with their families and friends.


As per the message of Consumer Reports, if travellers wish to travel to any one of the 61 nations infected by the virus outbreak, they would have special considerations. These countries comprise Puerto Rico, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and some other islands based in the Caribbean.


A baby boy who was born in the region of Houston has been inflicted with microcephaly that is a direct consequence of the Zika virus, said that health officials of Texas. It has been found that his mother had travelled from Latin America.


Microcephaly is a birth defect that is caused by this deadly virus.


Pregnant women are quite prone to catching the Zika virus since the complications might pass on to the unborn child that can lead to severe birth defects. In addition, this disease is also known to cause health hazards among adults.


Julia Calderone, health editor, Consumer Reports said that not much is known about this kind of virus, though it is a known fact that sexual contact between infected people and mosquito bites can cause this disease. She also added that most people do not exhibit symptoms of this disease even after they have contracted Zika.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have cautioned pregnant ladies against travelling to nations having Zika outbreak. However, irrespective of whether the travellers are pregnant or not, they have been advised to protect themselves from mosquito bites.


Visitors have been asked to utilize insect repellant while travelling in the US and carry it with them always.


Travellers should remain indoors when they are wandering in countries that are prone to this virus. Also, they should be clad in long pants, long-sleeved shirts and light-colored costumes as mosquitoes generally tend to be drawn to darker clothes.


The CDC also suggests that travellers should choose to reside in accommodations that have air conditioning or screens that keep out mosquitoes. It also advises people to use mosquito nets that are treated with insecticide permethrin that repel mosquitoes.


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