Pharmacy Corner
Resort Travel – What Patients Should Know What is Zika?
  • Zika virus is one which is spread via mosquitoes in tropical areas of the world. This can include common vacation destinations like the Caribbean and Mexico9,10,11
  • The Zika infection in a pregnant woman can cause serious birth defects:9,10,11
    • Hearing loss
    • Club foot and limb problems
    • Problems with brain development
    • Small head
    • Problems with eye development
Do I have it?
  • Most Zika virus infections do not show any symptoms. Signs and symptoms of a Zika infection include:
    • Fever
    • Rash
    • Muscle aches
    • Headaches
    • Joint pain

How to protect yourself from Zika?
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites.
  • Use condoms or avoid sex while travelling in countries where Zika is common.
  • If pregnant or wanting to become pregnant:
    • Avoid travelling to an area where Zika is common.
    • Avoid unprotected sex with anyone who has travelled to a Zika affected country.
    • Always use condoms during your pregnancy if your partner has travelled to a Zika affected country.