Spring Break is right around the corner and I've been itching to book a trip to somewhere warmer with beautiful beaches and oceanfront rooms -- bonus of an all-inclusive package wouldn't hurt. It doesn't help that I'm addicted to the CostcoTravel website and they have some pretty amazing deals to Mexico. So I'm like YAY! BOOK IT! and my other half says, "If we go to Mexico, make sure you pack DEET... haven't you heard about Zika?"
Oh, you mean that virus that has no cure and is spread through mosquitos? Right, that. After booking this wonderful vacation, I do some Googling and find out that the CDC put a travel alert on trips to Mexico due to Zika and Google just gave engineers a $1million grant to find a cure.
Well, yes, now I have. But I don't really know the facts. Luckily, I have a friend who is an expert when it comes to mosquitoes, so I asked Patty Pierleonardi from PMSI to give me the rundown on what I need to know before I travel to Mexico for Spring Break:
Patty's Fast Facts about Zika Virus:
-No vaccine exists to prevent Zika Virus.
-Prevent the Zika virus by avoiding mosquito bites.
-Mosquitoes that spread Zika bite mostly during the daytime.
-There has been no signs of the virus in animals.
- The Zika virus is primarily transmitted through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes typically lay eggs in and near standing water.
- Symptom of Zika include: Fever, rash, joint pain or conjunctivitis. They could last for several days.
Tips for traveling: "Please check to see if you are traveling in an area where the Zika virus has been found. If so, wear long sleeved shirts and long pants. Stay in air-conditioned rooms with window and door screens and use EPA registered insect repellants."
We're still going on our trip -- just going to have to prep ourselves to be aware before we get there. I guess I'll have to spend the extra $25 to check a bag full of bug spray this time around!
If you want more information about Zika and travel alerts, check our the CDC to see where the virus has been found: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/. You can also find out more info: www.mypmsi.com.
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