What precautions can I take to prevent infection from the zika virus?
Zika virus is a risk in Fiji. The virus is spread through the bite of a particular type of infected mosquito, which bites during the day – particularly around dawn and dusk. Most people (around 80%) who get infected do not show any symptoms. For those who do, the illness is usually mild, lasting 4-7 days and can cause a fever, rash, headache, red eyes, muscle aches and joint pain.
There is no vaccine for the zika virus. Travellers should avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, by protecting yourself with insect repellent, wearing clothes that cover your arms and legs, and staying in accommodation that has fly nets or screened windows provided.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that pregnant women do not travel to Fiji, as the infection can cause serious birth defects to an unborn baby.
Sources & Citations
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Information for Travelers to Fiji. Available at: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/fiji [accessed 21 May 2018].
- NSW Government, Health. Zika virus alert. Available at: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/alerts/Pages/zika-virus-alert.aspx [accessed 21 May 2018].
SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0146a - Date of preparation May 2018Show All