How to protect your travel from the Zika virus
What to Know: The Zika virus is not considered a global health threat, but it has caused an alarming number of cases of microcephaly in Brazil and neighboring countries, as well as the deaths of at least five people.
The virus is linked to birth defects and birth defects related to microcepaly, and it can also cause miscarriages, stillbirths and low birth weight.
What to Do: Stay away from areas where Zika has been confirmed, especially in the central and south-eastern regions.
You should also avoid travel to or from any areas with a high risk of mosquito transmission of Zika, including Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Curitiba and Salvador.
Travelers should be especially vigilant when traveling in or around the areas with the highest risk of Zika.
If you need medical help, contact a local health care provider or visit your local health department.
If the virus causes microcephermia, severe bleeding and fever, call your local public health department immediately.
If there are symptoms of microcephalic babies, call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room.
If microcephalmia is confirmed, doctors recommend that you be tested for the virus, which can be done by a private company or by a health care professional.
If a test result shows Zika in your blood, your doctor will perform an MRI, which may show the brain in a different location than normal.
It’s important to take your medications as prescribed.
Traveler information, travel advisories and resources can be found at the following links: Zika Travel Advisory: http://www.epa.gov/travel/travel-resources/traveler-information-travel-advisories-and-resources Zika Travel Advisories: http:www.travel.gov.br/travel_advisory/zika/travelenews Zika Travel Alerts: httpwww.fao.org/dia/diasporas/idp/zaidi-traveling-warning-2018/ Zika Travel Warnings: http http://travel.epac.gov Zika Travel Warning: httphttp://travels.epas.gov/?id=travel-warning Zika Travel Updates: http.dia.gov