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Zika and Travel

The Zika virus has been reported in many parts of the world, including Mexico, the Caribbean, South American and Central America. Many of these countries are common travel destinations for individuals from Northern Kentucky. 

Currently, all cases of Zika reported in the U.S. are individuals who either traveled to a country experiencing Zika or had sexual contact with an individual who traveled.

Fact sheet: Enjoy your vacation! Zika and travel

The Centers for Disease Control maintains a list of travel recommendations.  

What can travelers do to prevent Zika?Mosquito on caution sign
After travel
If you feel sick and think you may have Zika

What can travelers do to prevent Zika?

There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika. Travelers can protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites:

Sexual transmission of Zika virus from an infected man is possible. If you have sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) with a man while traveling, you should use condoms.

After travel

Many people infected with Zika virus do not feel sick. But, if an uninfected mosquito bites an infected person while the virus is still in that person’s blood, that mosquito can become infected and can spread the virus when biting others. Even if they do not feel sick, travelers returning from an area with Zika should take steps to prevent mosquito bites for three weeks so that they do not spread Zika to uninfected mosquitoes.

Once back in the U.S., individuals who have traveled to an area with Zika but never develop Zika symptoms should use condoms for at least 8 weeks to protect their sex partners. Individuals who have Zika symptoms or are diagnosed with Zika should use condoms for at least 6 months after their symptoms first appeared. If the person’s partner is pregnant, the couple should either use condoms or not have sex during the entire pregnancy.

Women who have traveled to an area with Zika should wait 8 weeks before trying to get pregnant.
Additional recommendations from CDC.

More on Zika and pregnancy.

If you feel sick and think you may have Zika:

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