Regardless of your destination or reason for travel, it is important that travelers adopt measure to reinforce their protection against the Aedes aegypti, such as applying repellents, keep doors and windows closed or install screens, wear pants and long-sleeved shirts, etc.
Check out our travel recommendations:
- When arriving at your place of accommodation (hotel, inn, hostel, etc.), check carefully if there are any breeding spots and eliminate them;
- The risks of being infected with the dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya and zika viruses may be reduced if you avoid mosquito bites.
- Stay in places that have screens on doors and windows, especially in locations distant from capital cities, or bring your own mosquito net/curtain as an alternative;
- During eco-tours, wear clothes that protect your body against mosquito and tick bites, such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, socks and closed-toe shoes.
- Apply repellent on exposed skin areas, following the orientations of the product's manufacturer;
- People infected with the zika, chikungunya or dengue viruses act a virus container and pose a risk to other people in their home and in their community. Therefore, sick people must fully comply with protection measures, thus preventing illnesses from spreading.
In the case of pregnant women, the Ministry of Health recommend that they all have proper pre-natal care and carry out all recommended exams, and that they notify health professionals should they perceive any alterations during their pregnancy. It is important to reinforce that, in any given situation, pregnant women must take into account that they have to check with their physicians if they are allowed to travel and that they must take special care during trips.
Here are some personal preventive measures pregnant women and women of reproductive age who may become pregnant ought to take:
- Avoid places where mosquitoes are present if all recommended protection measures are not taken;
- Whenever possible, wear clothes that cover as much skin area as possible;
- DEET-, icaridin-, picaridin-, IR 3535- or EBAAP-based repellents are deemed safe for use during pregnancy;
- In case of any health alterations, please notify this to health professionals so that they can monitor your pregnancy more closely;
- Before leaving your house to travel, make sure that there are no breeding spots. If there are, eliminate them;
- People infected with the zika, chikungunya or dengue viruses act a virus container and pose a risk to other people in their home and in their community. Therefore, sick people must fully comply with the abovementioned protection measures. This will prevent them from spreading the illness.