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Spring Break and Zika

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World Map of Areas with Risk of Zika
Search for a place by name or zoom and click on the map to see CDC's travel recommendations for Zika in that country. Follow the link in the pop-up message to read CDC's Zika travel health notice for that country.

BEfore your trip

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
• Bed net (if mosquitoes can get to where you’re sleeping)
• Condoms (if you might have sex).

AFTER YOU RETURN FROM YOUR TRIP

If you are not feeling well after your trip, see a doctor and mention that you traveled recently.

If you have traveled to an area with Zika risk, take steps to prevent mosquito bites for 3 weeks after your trip. Even if you don't feel sick upon returning, take precautions so that you don't spread Zika to uninfected mosquitoes that can spread the virus to other people.

Be sure to use condoms for at least 8 weeks (women) or 6 months (men) after travel to an area with Zika risk to protect your sex partners from transmission.

If you traveled to an area with Zika risk and have a pregnant partner, use condoms correctly every time you have sex or do not have sex for the entire pregnancy.

Many people infected with Zika virus won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms. The most common symptoms of Zika are:

Symptoms

Many people infected with Zika virus won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms. The most common symptoms of Zika are:

Fever
Rash
Joint pain
Conjunctivitis (red eyes)

Other symptoms include:
Muscle pain
Headache

How long symptoms last

Zika is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. Symptoms of Zika are similar to other viruses spread through mosquito bites, like dengue and chikungunya.

How soon you should be tested

Zika virus usually remains in the blood of an infected person for about a week. See your doctor or other healthcare provider if you develop symptoms and you live in or have recently traveled to an area with Zika. Your doctor or other healthcare provider may order blood tests to look for Zika or other similar viruses like dengue or chikungunya. Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections.

When to see a doctor or healthcare provider

See your doctor or other healthcare provider if you have the symptoms described above and have visited an area with Zika, this is especially important if you are pregnant. Be sure to tell your doctor or other healthcare provider where you traveled.