The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus, transmitted by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite in the day, particularly around dawn and dusk.
The Zika virus should be considered by those who are planning to or have recently travelled overseas.
Protect yourself and others from Zika by taking the following precautionary measures if you are planning to travel or have travelled to areas affected with Zika:
1. Protect yourself against mosquito bites: The best defence against Zika virus is to avoid mosquito bites when travelling in a country affected with Zika. These precautions are necessary in the daytime as well as night.
2. Protect yourself during sex: Zika can be passed through sex from a person who has Zika to his or her sexual partners. Prevent sexual transmission of Zika through abstinence or use barrier methods of contraception such as male and female condoms with all sexual partners.
3. Pregnancy and family planning: As there is evidence Zika infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects, use barrier methods of contraception or abstain from any sexual activity particularly if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. Please speak to your doctor for further advice.
- Check travel notices and subscribe to the latest updates to the country or countries you are travelling to.
RMIT University partners with International SOS, a medical assistance, international healthcare and security assistance service. Use the RMIT member login: 12ACPA000012 and gain access to the latest travel and health advice pertaining to the host destination/s or country. You can also download the International SOS app for your smartphone.
- Pregnant women and women planning a pregnancy are advised to defer travel plans to areas affected with Zika. Speak to your doctor for further advice or a pre-travel risk assessment.
- Travelers should also take steps to prevent mosquito bites for 4 weeks following their return from an area with Zika - particularly people who live or travel to areas of Australia where dengue outbreaks can occur. This is to help prevent spread from a traveller to the local mosquito population.
- If you feel unwell during or soon after travel, seek medical care and advice.
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