• As of Tuesday, February 9, 2016, ODH has confirmed 2 cases of Zika in Ohio. Presently, there are no reported cases of Zika virus in Wayne County.
• According to the CDC, the United States has more than 35 reported cases of Zika associated with travelers returning from Zika affected countries.
• With the recent outbreaks, the number of Zika cases among travelers visiting or returning to the United States will likely increase.
Travel Advisory: CDC has issued a travel advisory for the following 30 countries where local transmission of the Zika virus is occurring:
American Samoa, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao, The Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin; Samoa, Suriname, Tonga, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.
Travel nurses are providing education to clients traveling abroad through travel consultations. Services include notification of travel advisories, travel vaccine recommendations (if applicable), and preventative measures.
Recommendations: Because of the possible association between Zika virus infections in pregnant women and certain birth defects, CDC is advising pregnant women to avoid traveling to any area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.
Treatment: No specific antiviral treatment is available for Zika virus disease. Treatment is generally supportive and can include rest, fluids, and use of analgesics and antipyretics.
Preventative: Travelers can protect themselves from this disease by taking steps to prevent mosquito bites. When traveling to countries where Zika virus or other viruses spread by mosquitoes have been reported, use EPA-registered insect repellents containing DEET, wear long sleeves and pants, and stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens.
Wayne County Health Department will continue to monitor the Zika situation through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health. For the most up-to-date official information, please refer to: www.cdc.gov/zika