Every time I turn on the TV i’m either hearing about Trump, Clinton, a Kardashian, or ZIKA virus. ALL 4 of which are terrifying in and of themselves, but Zika is very scary when thinking about travel.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is constantly warning us of global disease to be aware of and many of which we never have to really worry about, unless we fancy ourselves on being a philanthropist who travels to 3rd world countries and drinks untreated water just for the sake of being the bomb dot com. Zika on the other hand is one we have to think about and dare I say “worry” about.
I don’t know about you, but living in Coastal South Alabama we get swarms and swarms of mosquitoes around our marshes and water ways, and I always fall prey to the mighty mosquito. I’ve heard it said that some of us are more attractive than others to mosquitoes. If that is true, then I must look like Miss Alabama herself because if I am outside after 4:30 in the summertime I will come in ate up from crown to toe in mosquito bites.
I said all of that to say how does ZIKA affect my travel plans? Can I still travel? Where can I travel? How can I prevent bites? Should I be worried if i get bit by a mosquito?
CAN I STILL TRAVEL?
By all means still travel!!!! I’m not saying be dumb and if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant go to countries that are heavily infected with the virus- but TRAVEL! In fact, many countries that are heavily affected by the virus like Brazil, Jamaica, Costa Rica, and Dominican Republic have some AMAZING deals out right now trying to entice travelers to come to their cities and spend money in their countries. Take advantage of it and be safe while you are there!
WHERE CAN I TRAVEL?
The big question with the ZIKA virus is where is a safe place to travel. My answer to that is European Countries, Asian Countries, Canada, Australia and always if you are not pregnant or trying to become pregnant travel freely anywhere just use proper protections while away. For more information on where ZIKA virus is follow The Center for Disease Control’s LINK.
HOW CAN I PREVENT BITES?
One of the best ways to prevent ZIKA is preventing mosquito bites. One of the easiest ways to prevent bites is by wearing repellant. Make sure that the active ingredient in mosquito repellant is DEET and remember to re-apply as directed. Another way to keep mosquitoes from biting is to wear protective clothing.(long sleeve shirts, pants, socks, etc) Another way to keep bites from occurring is to keep water away from your home, because mosquitoes love to lay their eggs in water.
Should I be worried if I am bit by a mosquito?
I would not automatically fear the worse if you find yourself with a mosquito bite. If you find yourself with joint pain, fever, red eyes, and rash then by all means seek medical attention. There is currently no vaccine for this virus. It is currently treated with rest rehydration and pain reducer.
If you are pregnant and think you may have contracted the virus seek IMMEDIATE medical attention. ZIKA virus is much more serious when a fetus is involved. The virus not only affects the mother, but it affects the development of the unborn child resulting in microcephaly and other birth defects.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON TRAVEL……
Disney is in the danger zone. I am going in April. Mexico is in the danger Zone. I am going in November. Bahamas is in the danger zone I am going in April. Mobile, Alabama is a danger zone. I am there now. I will not live in fear. I will continue to travel. I WILL however be smart. I WILL even though I cant stand doing it apply and reapply bug spray on my family. I will be proactive in my approach and I REFUSE to let fear keep me from making INCREDIBLE memories with my family. LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST and HAPPY TRAVELS!