As you might expect, with all the talk and Facebook posts about the Zika Virus, many people are wondering if it is safe to travel to Mexico, or Central America or South America. I wondered about similar issues when travelling to Africa last year with concerns about Yellow Fever, etc…
First, here is a little background info:
Zika is a disease caused by Zika virus that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness 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 more info, please visit the CDC website. http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/index.html
When you are on the CDC website, be sure to check current travel advisories. http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices
In general, for most people, it would not be a problem, but as usual, for pregnant women, senior citizens and children, I would be very cautious. Make sure to follow the prevention info on the CDC website.
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As you might guess, this document is a compilation of information from our travels as well as from other travelers. I hope it has been of value to you. Check out the important links below.
- Packing Checklist
- Parent Authorization Letter For Unaccompanied Minors
- Medical Treatment Authorization Letter
- Travel With Minors-Permission Letter
Don’t hesitate to email us when you return from your trip with any suggestions that will make this document better for you and your fellow travelers!