The following is information for travellers going to countries with Zika virus infection:
Women who are pregnant or are of reproductive age:
- Avoid travelling to countries where there are continuous outbreaks
- If the trip cannot be postponed, strict personal protection must be used
- After returning home from the country at risk, all travellers must either abstain from sexual relations or use a condom
- Women of reproductive age must wait at least 2 MONTHS before having sex without the use of a condom
- Women who are already pregnant must ensure that a condom be used during the entire pregnancy
(World update: May 2018)
- You must use a condom for 6 MONTHS after returning home when you are with a partner who may become pregnant
If you are with a woman who is already pregnant, a condom must also be used during the entire pregnancy
Symptoms to watch out for:
- Red eyes, conjunctivitis
- Joint or muscle pain
- Edema (swelling of fluid in small joints of hands and feet)
- Lack of energy
Help protect yourself against the ZIKA VIRUS by avoiding mosquito bites.
Note that mosquitoes can bite during the day and at night.
To help prevent bites:
- Use an insect repellent that contains 28-30% DEET or 20% Picaridin
- Wear light-coloured, long sleeved shirts and pants
- Cover beds, cribs, playpens and strollers with mosquito netting
If you become ill during your trip, or approximately within 14 days of returning home, see a health care professional and tell them where you travelled.
Symptoms usually appear between 3 and 14 days after infection. The symptoms are usually mild and last from 2 to 7 days.