As of June 6, 2016, there are no positive Zika virus cases in Wayne County but there are 14 confirmed cases in Ohio, and a total of 691 travel-associated cases throughout to the U.S.
Travel nurses continue to provide education to clients traveling abroad via travel consultations. Services include notification of travel advisories and preventative measures. Currently there are 48 countries and territories with Active Zika Virus Transmission including:
American Samoa, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Bonaire, Brazil, Cape Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Kosrae, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Peru, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.
Since there is no treatment available to protect against a Zika virus infection, travelers should take the following steps to prevent mosquito bites.
- Using EPA-registered insect repellents containing DEET,
- Wearing long sleeves and pants, and
- Staying in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens.
Additional Recommendations: Because of the risk 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.
The Wayne County Health Department continues 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: