Aruba Zika has been headlining international news. Leaving many people including pregnant women (and who want to get pregnant) scared to travel to Aruba.
So, should you also be worried to travel to Aruba because of Zika travel alerts?
The Current Aruba Zika Situation
There is a lot of confusion around the Aruba Zika situation in the media.
According to Aruba Tourism Authority and Aruba’s Department of Public Health you shouldn’t panic about Zika in Aruba.
Since Aruba has been added to the travel watch there has been only 4 reported cases.
This number of Zika cases is extremely low compared to other tropical territories.
And these cases are very old because at the moment there are no new Zika cases.
The Zika situation in Aruba is not that alarming as the media makes it out to be.
Aruba is safe for traveling despite all the negative news.
Why You Shouldn’t Be Worried About Aruba Zika
Aruba Tourism Authority is making locals more conscious on how to combat Zika.
They are doing this by motivating the community to be motivated and determined to eliminate breeding grounds around their house.
Moreover, you shouldn’t be worried because…
- Zika virus does not pose an alarming threat to visitors.
- Hotels are taking proactive measures to combat all mosquito borne viruses.
- Volunteers are cleaning up and eradicating breeding grounds around the hotel area.
- Aruba Tourism Authority are monitoring and limiting Zika cases.
Security for Visitors
The security for travelers to Aruba is considered very high.
Aruba’s Department of Public Health and Aruba Tourism Authority are working together to reduce mosquitoes around the hotel area.
They made repellents available for all visitors.
How Can You Get Infected With Zika?
When a mosquito bites you…
But not every time a mosquito bites you means you’re going to get Zika. Because not all mosquitoes have the Zika virus.
You only get infected with Zika when a mosquito with the virus bites you.
And if you happen to have Zika and a uninfected mosquito bites you – you will transfer the virus to the mosquito. This mosquito will infect another person when it bites them.
The Zika virus is carried by a mosquito better known as Aedes Aegypti.
You can recognize it by it’s white and black stripes.
The Symptoms of Zika
The following symptoms may give you a clue that you have Zika:
- Red Eye
- Pain behind your eyes
- Pain in your joints.
If you have one of these symptoms after a mosquito bites you go to the hospital..
How to Protect Yourself Against Mosquito Bites
Protect yourself by taking precautionary measures such as:
- Sleeping under a mosquito net
- Wear clothing that covers you all over
- Use mosquito repellent.
- Avoid any location on Aruba that has mosquitoes.
What To Do After You Travel To Aruba
When you’re back home prevent any mosquito bites for at least 2 weeks after your trip. Because some people get infected with Zika and they don’t get any symptoms or get sick.
So preventing mosquito bites will help stop spreading the virus to other people
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