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CDC issues zika travel alert for St Kitts-Nevis

CDC issues zika travel alert for St Kitts-Nevis

CDC issues zika travel alert for St Kitts-NevisFollowing reported local mosquito transmission of zika virus infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) on

Monday issued a zika virus travel notice for St Kitts and Nevis.

Local mosquito transmission means that mosquitoes in the area are infected with zika virus and are spreading it to people.

Because zika virus is primarily spread by mosquitoes, CDC recommends that travelers to St Kitts and Nevis protect themselves from

mosquito bites. Mosquitoes that spread zika are aggressive daytime biters. They also bite at night. There is no vaccine or medicine for

zika virus. The best way to avoid zika virus infection is to prevent mosquito bites.

Some travelers to areas with zika will become infected while traveling but will not become sick until they return home and they might

not have any symptoms. To help stop the spread of zika, travelers should use insect repellent for three weeks after travel to prevent

mosquito bites.

Sexual transmission of zika virus from a male partner is also possible, so travelers are also encouraged to use condoms or not have sex.

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