The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has added Montserrat to its interim travel guidance related to the Zika virus. The CDC announced the news on Monday, November 21.
Montserrat was added to the list of travel notices at Level 2, which means people traveling there should “practice enhanced precautions” when doing so.
The CDC reminds travelers that mosquitoes bite during the day and night and the best way to prevent contraction of Zika is to prevent mosquito bites, as there is no vaccine or medicine for the virus.
Some people who have been infected with Zika do not experience any symptoms, while others have experienced fevers, rashes, red eyes and joint pain.
The release from the CDC focused on pregnant women and women trying to get pregnant.
The CDC reminds pregnant women that they should not travel to any area that has confirmed cases of the Zika virus.
If pregnant women must travel to these areas, or live within them, they are encouraged to speak with their physicians about preventing mosquito bites.
When it comes to preventing mosquito bites, the CDC recommends the following:
· Cover Exposed Skin. When traveling to a known area with Zika, cover all exposed skin as much as possible. Tuck your pants into your socks and tuck your shirt into your pants to minimize skin exposure. Also, wear a hat to keep bugs away from your head.
· Utilize Repellent. Bring plenty of insect repellent with you on the trip. The insect repellent should be registered with the EPA and contain at least 20% DEET. The CDC recommends that you do not spray the insect repellent on the skin underneath clothing, only on exposed skin.
· Avoid Bugs Where You Stay. Try to avoid bugs altogether where you stay. This can be done by ensuring the hotel or condominium has air conditioning so you do not need to have the windows open. If you need to have the windows open, make sure the screens provide enough protection from bugs getting into the room. If bugs can access the room, use a permethrin-treated bed net that gets tucked under the mattress.
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