January 26, 2016
Updated April 6, 2016
Dear MSU Travelers,
The CDC has issued a travel alert (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. Travel notices are designed to inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues related to specific destinations.
Travel to these areas may continue, however, the CDC “recommends special precautions for pregnant women. Women who are pregnant should not travel to areas with Zika. If you must travel to one of these areas, talk to your healthcare provider first and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during your trip.”
All travelers should take extra care to avoid mosquito bites. It is possible that Zika virus may be sexually transmitted therefore travelers should also follow CDC advice in this regard.
Zika is a disease caused by Zika virus that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika.
Specific areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission is ongoing are often difficult to determine and are likely to change over time. If traveling, please visit the CDC Travelers' Health site for the most updated travel information.
More information may be found below and at the CDC's Zika website.
Travelers can protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites:
Products containing the following active ingredients typically provide reasonably long-lasting protection:
For more information see the CDC's Zika prevention page.
Zika virus can be spread during sex by a man infected with Zika to his partners. Couples with a male partner who lives in or traveled to an area with Zika that are concerned about sexual transmission of Zika should consider using a condom every time they have sex. To be effective, condoms must be used correctly.
For more information see the CDC's page on Zika and sexual transmission.
Until we know more, CDC recommends special precautions for pregnant women. Women who are pregnant should not travel to any area where Zika virus is spreading. If you must travel to one of these areas, talk to your healthcare provider first and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during your trip.
For more information see the CDC's page on Zika and pregnancy.
Please direct any further questions to your primary care physician or the MSU Travel Clinic.