Zika Virus Updates and Travel Alerts for March 2017

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Air Ambulance Card is committed to provide our readers with up-to-date travel information and alerts, including information about the Zika Virus.

Please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for more information.

The following information was provided by the TRAVEL HEALTH PROVIDER PROGRAM March 2017 NEWSLETTER

Current Zika Virus Recommendations

  • CURRENT PREGNANCY:  Women who are pregnant (in any trimester) should not travel to areas with Zika virus transmission. Men who have traveled to an area of active Zika virus transmission who have a pregnant partner should abstain from sexual activity or consistently and correctly use condoms during sexual intercourse for the duration of the pregnancy.
  • MOSQUITO AVOIDANCE:  Prevent mosquito bites while traveling to areas with Zika virus transmission, and for three weeks after returning to the U.S.
  • PLANNING PREGNANCY:  Women and their partners who are thinking about pregnancy after possible exposure to Zika virus should talk with their doctor or health care provider. Women should wait at least eight weeks after travel before trying to get pregnant. Men should either consistently and correctly use condoms during sexual intercourse or not have sexual intercourse for at least six months after travel to an area with Zika virus transmission.
  • SYMPTOMS AFTER TRAVEL:  Zika virus testing should be offered to people with symptoms of Zika virus disease, including pregnant women and others who develop symptoms during or following travel.

Outbreaks & Security Concerns

Africamap of Africa

Asia

  • As of January 16, 2017, there have been 120 new confirmed cases of human Avian Influenza (H7N9) in China. Travelers to China should practice hygiene and cleanliness, eat food that is fully cooked, and avoid touching birds.
  • Local transmission of Zika virus has been reported in Singapore. Please refer to the Current Zika Virus Recommendations above on how to prevent Zika virus infection.
  • The CDC has issued special travel considerations for Zika virus endemic countries in Southeast Asia. Travelers have returned from certain areas of Southeast Asia with Zika virus infection. These countries have either reported local Zika virus transmission or are next to countries with known Zika virus transmission. Because of this, the CDC recommends pregnant women should consult with their health care provider and consider postponing nonessential travel to countries listed. Travel notices have not been issued for these destinations but would be considered if the number of cases rises to the level of an outbreak. Currently, countries included in this notice are:Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor), and Vietnam. Please refer to the Current Zika Virus Recommendations above on how to prevent Zika virus infection.

Caribbean, Central and South Americamap of South America

Europe

  • A measles outbreak has been reported in Romania. The CDC recommends that travelers to Romania protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against measles, particularly infants 6-11 months of age and children 12 months of age or older.

Middle East

  • Cases of MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) have been identified in multiple countries in the Arabian Peninsula. The CDC does not recommend that travelers change their plans because of MERS.

North Americamap of North America

  • Local transmission of Zika virus has been reported in areas of South Florida as well as Brownsville, Texas. The CDC has issued guidance for people who live in or traveled to areas of South Florida any time after June 15th, 2016 and for Brownsville, Texas any time after November 28th, 2016. Please refer to the Current Zika Virus Recommendations above on how to prevent Zika virus infection.

Pacific Islands

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