US issues Zika travel alert to Cayman

A Mosquito Research and Control Unit truck transports a fogging machine and a suited mosquito control officer. – PHOTO: BASIA MCGUIRE

Public health officials in the United States issued a warning Thursday that pregnant women should not travel to the Cayman Islands. Additionally, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned people traveling to Cayman to wear insect repellent and long-sleeved shirts and long pants.

The CDC warns that U.S. travelers returning from Cayman who may have contracted Zika need to be careful not to spread the virus when they get home.

The travel warning states, “Many people infected with Zika virus do not feel sick. If a mosquito bites an infected person while the virus is still in that person’s blood, it can spread the virus by biting another person. Even if they do not feel sick, travelers returning to the United States from Cayman Islands should take steps to prevent mosquito bites for three weeks so that they do not spread Zika to uninfected mosquitoes.”


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