What You Need to Know About Zika Virus

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Zika virus outbreak an international emergency. The Maine CDC also released a health alert for the Zika virus  for travelers returning from Central America, South America, the Caribbean and Mexico.

The Maine CDC is urging providers to be aware of the risk to travelers and report suspected cases to the Maine CDC disease reporting and consultation line at 1-800-821-5821.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for current information on:

  • Zika
  • Zika Locations
  • Zika & Pregnancy

For information and reports from the Maine CDC visit their website.

Take Precautions

  • Be sure to follow the 4D's whenever you are outside to reduce the chance of being bitten by a mosquito:
    • DEET all day, every day: whenever you are outside, use insect repellents that contain DEET or other EPA approved repellents and follow instruction.
    • DRESS in long, loose, and light –colored clothing outside.
    • DRAIN all standing water in and around your home.
    • DUSK & DAWN outdoor activities should be limited - dusk and dawn hours are when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Travelers can protect themselves by doing the following :
    • Choose lodging with air conditioning or screens on window or doors
    • Sleep under a mosquito bed net if you are outside or in a room that is not well screened.
  • Sexual partners can protect each other by using condoms to prevent spreading sexually-transmitted infections.