Health tips for travellers: Prevention of Zika virus
Zika can’t be prevented with a vaccine and it’s therefore important that you take protective measures. Learn what you should do while you travel for effective Zika virus prevention.
Who is at risk of Zika?
Zika can be serious for pregnant women, as it can cause birth defects such as abnormally small heads (microcephaly).
Zika virus prevention is therefore especially important for men and women in the childbearing age, as well as men with a pregnant partner.
What should you do for effective Zika virus prevention?
As Zika virus is mainly spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, it is important that you prevent mosquito bites while you travel in risk areas.
You should also prevent pregnancy after your return or after your last possible exposure to Zika for:
three months, if both you and your partner or only the male partner travelled to a risk area
two months if only the female partner travelled to a risk area
If you are pregnant, it is advised that you avoid travelling to an area with risk of Zika, as the disease can cause birth defects that can affect the development of the baby’s brain.
Why is Zika virus prevention important?
There is no vaccine available to prevent Zika, and it’s therefore important that you practice Zika virus prevention while travelling in risk areas.
As the risk of Zika differs depending on the destination, you should check if the country you are visiting has a risk of Zika before you go.
In that way you can take necessary precautions, and stay healthy while away.
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