Travel Clinic Alert March 15th 2016

Guidance CDC Providing Care Women following Zika Virus Exposure

New Travel Health guidance from the CDC regarding the provision of care for women of child bearing age after Zika virus exposure. The latest recommendation is for health care professionals to provide serology screening to those pregnant women without symptoms and have travelled to geographical regions with Zika virus cases.

Zika Virus Facts

  • Zika virus transmission is continuing to spread
  • Mainly transmitted by Aedes aegyptimosquitoes,
  • Associated with congenital microcephaly and other central nervous abnormalities
  • There is currently no preventable Travel vaccination or treatment
  • World Health Organization declared Public Health Emergency on Feb 1 st 2016.

Mosquito Bite Prevention

Travellers to areas with Zika virus prescence, are reminded of the importance of bite prevention.

Main methods include-

  • Wear long sleeved clothing and trousers.
  • Use permethrin soaked clothing.
  • Use adequeate strength DEET repellent. 50 % or greater.
  • DEET should be applied after the Sunscreen and may reduce in effectiveness because of the sunscreen, so may need to be re-applied.

Mosquitos spread also

  1. Yellow Fever
  2. Dengue
  3. Japanese Ecephalitis
  4. Chikungunya
  5. Rift Valley Fever
  6. West Nile Fever

Protection yourself before travelling by attending your local Travel Clinic at least 6 weeks before travel.  Ensure you are up to date on all essential vaccinations and obtain the necessary general pre travel advice for your specific itinerary.

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