mosquitoes are a vector for zika virusWith February vacation just around the corner, many of us are looking to escape the snowy weather and head South to warmer climates. Countries in the Caribbean, like Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, make popular vacation destinations, but unfortunately, there have been numerous Zika cases reported in these countries lately.

Zika virus’ symptoms range from mild to moderate, with only one-in-five infected people ever experiencing symptoms. While there have been zero reported deaths to this point, there have been numerous children born with birth defects as a result of their mothers’ Zika virus infection. In response, the Center for Disease Control has advised that all pregnant women, or women actively trying to conceive, postpone their travel plans to Central or South American countries until further notice. Popular tourist destinations with reported Zika virus outbreaks include:

  • Brazil
  • Jamaica
  • Haiti
  • Mexico
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • Honduras
  • Costa Rica
  • Saint Martin
  • Curacao
  • Cuba

Most travelers shouldn’t be too worried about Zika virus, as most of its symptoms are treatable with simple antibiotics. While there isn’t any cure for the virus, we at AFC Urgent Care North Andover can be your resource for any Zika virus concerns. Its symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Muscle Pain
  • Joint Pain
  • Hive-like Rash
  • Malaise

The CDC has recently issued a Level 2 Alert for any travelers visiting the Caribbean or South America, as they have advised all travelers to “practice enhanced precautions”. At AFC Urgent Care North Andover, we can administer travel medication and vaccinations for people looking to visit these aforementioned countries.

You can visit us any day of the week during business hours, with no need for an appointment or a referral! To speak with one of our medical professionals, call us at 978-470-0800. We look forward to making your February vacation as stress-free as possible!