Spring Break Travel Information

If you are planning to travel to areas where the Zika virus transmission is occurring, please visit the CDC for more information.

Educate yourself and take proper precautions. Review the CDC website for the latest information on the Zika virus.

What we know

  • No vaccine exists to prevent Zika virus disease.
  • Prevent Zika by avoiding mosquito bites-an infected Aedes species of mosquito.
  • Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus bite mostly during the daytime.
  • Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus also spread dengue and chikungunya viruses.

Zika virus can be transmitted from a pregnant mother to her fetus during pregnancy or around the time of birth. We do not know how often Zika perinatal transmission occurs. Sexual transmission of Zika virus is possible.

Characteristic clinical findings are acute onset of fever with rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis-Inflammation or infection of the outer membrane of the eyeball and the inner eyelid. Other commonly reported symptoms include muscle pain and headache. Clinical illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week.

Please visit the CDC Website for a full list of prevention strategies.

Steps to prevent mosquito bites

When traveling to countries where Zika virus or other viruses spread by mosquitoes are found, take the following steps:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
  • Sleep under a mosquito bed net if you are overseas or outside and are not able to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
  • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breast-feeding women.
  • Always follow the product label instructions.
  • Reapply insect repellent as directed.
  • Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing.
  • If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen before applying insect repellent.

You are encouraged to contact your medical provider/primary care physician if you have any questions or upon returning from your travels you have symptoms of illness.