Common Symptoms include: fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis. Other symptoms include headache and muscle pain. If you develop symptoms within two weeks of travel, see a doctor and tell the doctor where you traveled.
How businesses can help?
- Practice mosquito control efforts by removing standing water from your property. Dump, drain, turn over, or cover all containers that can hold standing water including flower pots, trash cans, decorative vases and ashtrays.
- Treat shrubbery and vegetative areas on outdoor patios. This creates a barrier on the property.
- Consider contacting a pest control company for spraying.
- Keep doors and windows closed to keep mosquitoes out.
- If you have employees that work outdoors, recommend that they wear insect repellent to protect themselves.
- If you have guests who have traveled to a Zika affected country and are sick, they can call the Louisiana Department of Health at (80) 256-2748.
How to protect yourself
- Cover your skin by wearing long sleeve shirts and long pants. For extra protection, treat clothing with the permethrin insect repellent.
- Remove standing water around the home in places such as plant containers, tires, pet dishes and buckets.
- Daytime is when mosquitoes that spread Zika virus are aggressive daytime biters, but they can also bite at dawn and dusk.
- EPA-registered insect repellents when used a directed, are proven safe and effective event for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
- Look for these ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, OLE or PMD.
- Reapply insect repellent as directed.
- Apply sunscreen before insect repellent.
- Do not apply repellent directly to a child’s face. Spray it into your hand first, then apply.