The public health services of the Ministry of Health conduct discussions with professionals in various fields with the aim of forming detailed directions for attention for people returning from countries endemic for Zika virus
- Women who are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant in the near future are recommended to consider postponing a journey to a region with prolonged Zika virus transmission.
- People traveling to these countries are advised to use means for preventing the risk of mosquito bites, such as: applying a mosquito repellant, wearing long sleeved shirts, long trousers, a hat and sleeping in rooms with nets or air conditioning or that have been sprayed, or under a mosquito net that has been sprayed with insecticide.
- A woman visiting one of the listed countries is advised to avoid becoming pregnant during her visit and for four weeks after leaving the high risk region.
- In a few cases, infected men have infected their partners in sexual intercourse. Men visiting these countries are advised to use a condom during sexual intercourse there, and for four weeks after living the at-risk region.
- Avoid giving blood for 28 days after leaving the at-risk region. After that, there is no impediment to giving blood, subject to the other directions applying to blood donors.
- The Ministry of Health is currently holding discussions with the various professionals for forming recommendations for pregnant women and newborn infants of mothers who have been in the at-risk region during pregnancy.
Central and South America (including the Caribbean)
Central and Western Africa
U.S. Virgin Islands