May 18: Protecting Against the Zika Virus with Rose Melendez
With spring upon us and summer right around the corner, many of us are spending more time outside – and so are those pesky mosquitos. Many of us have heard news about a virus that spreads by mosquitos called Zika virus.
Zika virus is mostly found in Latin American and the Caribbean countries, and most of the cases of Zika here in the U.S. have been in travelers returning from those countries.
Zika virus symptoms:
- Joint pain
- Conjunctivitis (red eyes)
- Muscle pain
If you just returned from a trip to Latin America or the Caribbean and are experiencing these symptoms, you should see your doctor. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant and planning to visit one of these areas.
If you’re traveling to an area affected by Zika virus, the best thing you can do to protect yourself is to follow these tips to prevent mosquito bites.
- Wear mosquito repellent
- Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts
- Stay indoors with air conditioning when possible
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that pregnant women avoid traveling to Zika-affected areas. Visit www.cdc.gov to find out what areas are affected by Zika virus and how to protect yourself.
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