CDC Travelers’ Health Update

Channel1 Los Angeles

08 de abril de 2019

Before Your TripCheck your destination for health risks. Find out which vaccines, medicines, or advice can help you prevent diseases spread by bug bites at your destination.

Diseases spread by mosquitoes infect about 200 million people each year — denguemalaria, and Zika cause infections in many popular travel destinations. If there is a risk of malaria at your next destination, consult your doctor to assess your risk and choose the most appropriate anti-malarial medicine.

Special considerations for pregnant women: Malaria and Zika can be transmitted to from mother to child during pregnancy. Zika infection during pregnancy can cause severe birth defects. CDC recommends that pregnant women talk to their doctor if traveling to areas with risk of malaria and Zika. Healthcare providers should discuss the risk of Zika with pregnant couples or couples trying to get pregnant who plan to travel to an area with risk of Zika.

During Your Trip: Pack and use EPA-registered insect repellents with one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), para-menthane-diol (PMD), or 2-undecanone while outdoors. Find the right insect repellent for you here.

  •  Application: Apply sunscreen first, and insect repellent second. Reapply as directed on the sunscreen package.To apply insect repellent to your child’s face, spray into onto your hands, then rub it on their face. Do NOT spray it into a face. 
  • Cover Exposed Skin: Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Be aware that some bugs, such as tsetse flies, can still bite through thinner fabric.
  • Avoid Mosquitoes Where You are Staying: If possible, choose hotel rooms or other accommodations that are air-conditioned or have window and door screens with no holes, so bugs can’t get inside. If bugs can get into where you are sleeping, sleep under a permethrin-treated bed net that can be tucked under the mattress.

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