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Going to a Zika hot spot? We've got you covered! Here's everything you need to know about Zika, including your packing list and tips for when you return.


Countries and Territories with Active Zika Virus Transmission

Before you travel, find out if Zika is spreading at your destination.                                        ​

Packing List
  •  EPA-registered insect repellent
  • Long-sleeved shirts and long pants
  • Clothing and gear treated with permethrin
  • Bed net
  • Condoms (if you might have sex) 
 Tips for your Trip
  • Use insect repellent. *Remember* apply sunscreen first 
  • Wear long sleeves and long pants, when possible
  • Stay and sleep in screened-in or air-conditioned rooms
  • Use a bed net, as needed
  • Use condoms if you have sex  
 When you Return...
  • Continue using insect repellent for 3 weeks to prevent spreading Zika back home
  • Women: Use condoms for at least 8 weeks
  • Men: Use condoms for at least 6 months
  • See your doctor right away if:
    •  You have Zika symptoms
    •  You think you're pregnant 

Travel Advisories ​​

 Spring Break Travelers Reminded to Protect Themselves against Zika 

Published: March 20,  2017

CDC Considers Travel to Mexico, Latin America a Potential Risk for Infection

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) advises spring break travelers vacationing in warmer climates to protect themselves from mosquito bites and avoid unprotected sex in areas with known transmission of the Zika virus. 

“Spring break is the perfect time to have fun in the sun, but it is important that people take precautions to prevent Zika,” said CDPH Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. “Unfortunately, the mosquitoes that spread Zika enjoy warm weather too.” 

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