Zika Virus - updated February 4, 2016
Lost World Adventures and our travel partners are continually monitoring the CDC website (http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information) for new information on the Zika Virus. We would encourage all of our travelers to do so as well, in addition to speaking with your doctor if you are pregnant or have plans to become pregnant.
The low down on Zika:
- Cases of Zika have been identified on four continents. It has been detected in more than 20 countries in the Americas, including the United States. The Lost World Adventures destinations currently affected include Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama
- Symptoms can include mild fever, rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle or joint pain, and general feeling of illness that begins 2-7 days after infection. Four out of five people who are infected have no symptoms at all.
- The spread of the virus has been linked to birth defects (microcephaly) thus prompting countries to advise pregnant women against going to the areas where it has been detected.
- If you are not a woman of childbearing age who is pregnant or trying to get pregnant, the Zika virus is unlikely to cause you any serious trouble.
- Those infected are advised to take aspirin, drink water, and get lots of rest. Hospitalization as a result of Zika is uncommon.
When traveling to countries where Zika virus or mosquitoes-related illness are found, take the following steps:
- Stay informed about the Zika Virus as it develops.
- Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). You can buy pre-treated clothing and gear or treat them yourself.
- Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Stay and sleep in screened-in or air-conditioned rooms and/or sleep under a mosquito bed net.
- Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents and reapply as directed. If also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and insect repellent second.
We take the health of our clients very seriously, but with the information currently at hand, we believe that the Zika virus does not pose an extraordinary threat to our travelers. We have no known cases of Zika with any of our passengers, staff members or guides. We advise, as always, to travel sensibly and take precautions to avoid getting mosquito bites as they can also transmit other diseases like dengue.
For more information on Zika in our destinations, please visit the CDC’s website: