Travel Plans: How to Protect From Zika Virus?

I am in the process of planning my next “big” travels for October. Actually, there are a couple of places on my list, which include Dubai, some European countries but also the United States of America.

Right now, I cannot decide on any destination and I constantly change my mind. The USA seem to be a good idea because I am not sure what will happen next year (in terms of the political landscape in the USA) and so it might be my last chance for traveling there.

So, whenever I have some free time I do some travel researches and I found the article ” What Zika means for you: Assess your risk” by the Washington Post (link here) where you can check the risk of getting infected with the Zika virus. Zika virus is also transmitted via mosquitos (Aedes mosquitoes, including the Aedes aegypti) and can cause serious illness. Though the first time I heard about the virus “only” countries in South America were affected but several factors can lead to an expansion of the breeding sites and so it might be worth looking at it when traveling to the USA as well.

Based on several factors the test on that website can calculate the risk – luckily I am not at a high risk (according to the test I took) if I travel to New York but there are some factors which can decrease and increase the risk (pregnant women should be even more cautious).

Factors that increase the risk (according to the article) of being bitten by those mosquitos and raise your chances of getting the virus: 

– Wearing shorts and sleeveless shirts that are dark in color

-Keeping buckets of water or having water containers near your house

Factors that decrease the risk (source Washington Post) of being bitten:

-Wearing light color clothes

-Using insect repellent having physical barriers such mesh screens or treated netting materials on doors and windows

-Having physical barriers such mesh screens or treated netting materials on doors and windows

-Having physical barriers such mesh screens or treated netting materials on doors and windows

-Sleeping under mosquito nets

Also, a Nexa Lotte Flyswatter can save you from those mosquitos bite.

I do not get scared easily but it might be good to keep those tips in mind because, though most mosquito bites are harmless, some can cause severe damage.

Travel Plans: How To Protect From Zika Virus?

Safe travels to all!

Travel Plans: How To Protect From Zika Virus?

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