OUTBREAK NEWS TODAY – One week after local health authorities confirmed its first autochthonous Zika virus infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel notice today for the island of St. Lucia.
Local mosquito transmission means that mosquitoes in the area are infected with Zika virus and are spreading it to people.
There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika. Because Zika virus is primarily spread by mosquitoes, CDC recommends that travelers to Saint Lucia protect themselves from mosquito bites which includes:
- Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Use EPA-registered insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE, also called para-menthane-diol [PMD]), or IR3535. Always use as directed.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women can use all EPA-registered insect repellents, including DEET, according to the product label.