If you have booked flights to Calgary Alberta for a Canadian holiday or you are traveling to South America, you must have heard about Zika virus.
Zika is a virus that is spreading swiftly across South and Central America. It’s been a major topic of concern amongst traveler from all parts of the world. So, if you too are worried about this dreaded virus and your travel plans, here is all that you need to know:
What Is It?
ZIka is a virus that spreads through mosquito bites. This mosquito borne virus is now known to cause certain neurological disorders that may result in babies born with abnormal head size and brain development. Since it is a new virus, there are no vaccines available to prevent this. Moreover, there also are no medicines to treat the diseases caused by this virus. The chances of developing the symptoms of this virus disease are still quite low.
Who should Be Concerned?
Every passenger boarding on direct flights to Vancouver or any other city need not be terrified by this virus. However, pregnant ladies are at a huge risk of catching the virus. So, if you are currently pregnant or planning to have a baby, avoid going to places where Zika virus are currently known to be breaking.
Before you plan your travel, it is recommended to check online resources to check about the places and countries that are under the Zika virus outbreak.
Do Not Panic!
It has been observed that only 1 out of 5 people who have got Zika virus will show up its symptoms. These symptoms may include joint pain, headache, fever, rashes, muscle pain and reddening of eyes etc. Keep in mind that these symptoms may occur due to other health issues as well.
The sickness occurring from Zika virus is generally not as stern as sicknesses arising from other mosquito borne diseases such as malaria, dengue, West Nile virus or yellow fever, but you still need to be careful. If you are not a pregnant lady and this virus catches you, do not panic. Typically, this virus will leave you in a week’s time and it should not be affecting your future babies.
What Precautions Can Be Taken
Apart from not traveling to the places with active Zika infestation, you need to strictly adhere to the mosquito bite protection measures to avoid this nasty virus. Do following:
· Wear full sleeve shirts and pants
· Make sure your staying place has air condition to block any entrance for mosquitoes or it has screens on doors and windows
· Use mosquito nets in night
· Use effective registered mosquito repellents
· Use insect repellent over the sun screen lotions (if using during day)
· Treat your gears and clothing with permethrin or only purchase permethrin treated items
· Make sure that the arms and legs of your child are completely covered by clothes
Finally, you can buy travel insurance to cover the medical expenses during travel in case you are caught by Zika virus.
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