Zika Virus – Returning Travelers

Recommendations for travelers returning from an affected area, based on implications of known risks as noted in the 2/5/16 International SOS Zika Virus webinar.

  • Virus is present in blood. Consider protection against mosquito bites for up to 4 weeks upon return to avoid potential risk of infecting a local mosquito capable of carrying the virus.
  • Virus is present in blood. Consider not donating blood for up to 4 weeks upon return to avoid potential risk of infection through blood donation.
  • Virus is present in semen. Consider using barrier protection (condom) for up to 4 weeks upon return to avoid potential risk of infecting sexual partner.

Recommendations for returning travelers shared in the previous Zika Virus post

  • Travelers showing symptoms compatible with dengue, chikungunya or Zika virus disease within 3 weeks after returning from an affected area should contact their healthcare provider.
  • Pregnant women who have traveled to areas with Zika virus transmission should mention their travel during antenatal visits in order to be assessed and monitored appropriately.

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The risk information in this report is retrieved from official sources as listed. It provides general guidance for UT Dallas travelers. Please note the publication date of this post, and go to the direct sources listed above for the most up-to-date information.  The information in this post may change without prior notice.