A Five Step Guide to Keeping Yourself Safe
As the Zika virus spreads across Latin America and the Caribbean, it is more important than ever to know how to protect yourself.
About one in five people infected with Zika virus will develop symptoms, the most common ones being fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis or red eyes, muscle pain and mild headaches. However, Zika is receiving worldwide attention due to the alarming connection between the virus and microcephaly, a potentially fatal condition in infants.
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes carry Zika Virus
Pyramid Travel Products specialises in advanced travel protection for adventurers, families and outdoor enthusiasts. If you live in or are thinking about travelling to an infected area, we advise taking the following steps:
- Know before you go: Before travelling, do your research into whether mosquitoes are likely to be an issue and whether or not you need to prepare for particular dangers such as the Zika virus. If you are travelling to destinations affected by the disease, pack plenty of mosquito repellent and always sleep under a mosquito net.
- Defend, defend, defend: Your first line of defence against insect bites and the diseases they bring is a good repellent. In areas that are affected by the Zika virus, it is important to use a high DEET repellent such as Trek 50. The Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, that carry and spread the Zika virus, are more likely to bite during the day so make sure you apply your spray properly and often.
- Dress code applies: Wear light coloured clothing and make sure you have long sleeves and trousers. Studies show that mosquitoes are more attracted to dark colours, making those wearing light clothing less of a target.
- Stay away from standing water: Remove sources of standing water, which can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Homeowners, hotel owners and visitors to countries with Zika outbreaks are being encouraged to dispose of any standing water they see, such as flowerpots and outdoor containers.
- Avoid travelling when pregnant: The connection between Zika virus and microcephaly is a serious concern for pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant. For those of you who are pregnant, health officials are advising women not to travel. However if you do find yourself in an area with serious mosquito borne diseases use a DEET repellent that is suitable for pregnant women, which includes products containing up to 50% DEET such as Trek 50. Alternatively if you would prefer to use a DEET-Free repellent then Trek Sensitive is the best option.
See the Zika Virus Prevention infographic for more information.
& the Zika Virus FAQs detailed guide.