Zika Virus Infection in Curacao
02 Feb 2016
The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has announced the first autochthonous case of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection in Curaçao. Further information on the case is not available in this media report. One imported case of ZIKV has previously been identified in Curaçao.
Advice for Travellers
Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, is recommended for all travellers. Due to the possible link between Zika virus infection and birth defects, pregnant women, or those planning pregnancy are strongly urged to seek pre-travel advice from their health care provider. They should be helped to understand the risks and to make an informed decision on whether to change their travel plans. If the decision is made to travel, strict measures to avoid mosquito bites both during daytime and nightime hours should be followed.
Bite avoidance measures include: covering up with clothing, the use of insect repellent and bed nets impregnated with insecticide. Reduction of mosquito breeding sites around hotel rooms/homes is advised for longer term stays.