Zika - Enjoy Your Vacation
Spanish PDF: Zika – Disfrute sus vacaciones
Enjoy your vacation
Protect your family from Zika!
Zika is a disease primarily spread by mosquitoes, but Zika can be passed through sex from a person who has Zika to his or her sex partners.
Know before you go
Pack to prevent
- Insect repellent (Look for these ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol, or 2-undecanone )
- Long-sleeved shirts and long pants
- Clothing and gear treated with permethrin
- Infant carrier mosquito net (if needed)
- Bed net (if mosquitoes can get to where you’re sleeping)
- Condoms (if you might have sex)
- Use insect repellent. Reapply as directed. Remember to apply sunscreen first and then insect repellent.
- Cover exposed skin when possible.
- Stay and sleep in screened-in or air-conditioned rooms. Use a bed net if you’re sleeping outside.
- Zika can also be spread through sex, so use condoms if you have sex.
STOP the spread
- Watch for symptoms after you get home.
- Call your doctor immediately if you suspect Zika.
- Use insect repellent for 3 weeks after travel.
- Use condoms when you have sex
Most people with Zika don’t know they have it. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting about a week. The most common symptoms are:
- Red eyes
- Joint pain
Pregnant? Trying to conceive?
Zika is linked to birth defects. Pregnant women should not travel to any area with Zika outbreaks. If your partner travels to these areas, either use condoms or don’t have sex for the rest of your pregnancy. If you are trying to become pregnant, talk to your doctor about your plans.
- Page created: May 16, 2016
- Page last updated: February 28, 2019
- Page last reviewed: February 28, 2019
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