Guidance for those who may have been exposed to Zika virus - PDF Document

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  1. Guidance for those who may have been exposed to Zika virus Guidance for all travelers returning from Zika-affected areas Take steps to prevent mosquito bites for three weeks, even if you do not feel sick, to avoid the spreading of Zika to local mosquitoes. Consider the following: oUse insect repellent containing DEET, IR3535, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus Use repellents approved by EPA, and follow the directions on the label. Apply sunscreen first, then repellent. Insect repellent is safe for pregnant women. Do not use insect repellents on infants less than 2 months old. Do not use repellent containing oil of lemon eucalyptus on children under age of 3. Do not allow young children to apply insect repellent themselves. Do not apply insect repellent to a child’s hands, eyes, mouth or any irritated skin or cuts. oWear long sleeves and pants; dress children the same way. Wear clothing treated with permethrin (a chemical that repels insects). oStay in places with air conditioning or window and door screens. oUse a mosquito bed-net if you cannot keep mosquitoes out of your residence. Cover cribs, strollers and baby carriers with mosquito netting. oGet rid of standing water that collects in and around your residence, because standing water attracts mosquitoes. Guidance on sexual contact* It is not known whether men or women with asymptomatic Zika virus infection can transmit the virus sexually, and it is not known how long Zika virus can be present in semen or vaginal fluid. Persons who want to reduce the risk for sexual transmission of Zika virus should abstain from sex, or correctly and consistently use condoms for vaginal, anal, and oral sex, as recommended in the current CDC guidance for up to 6 months after exposure to Zika virus. Distributed August 7, 2018

  2. Guidance for people who have sexual contact with someone possibly exposed to Zika virus While traveling to a Zika- affected area After returning home from a Zika-affected area pregnancy for eight weeks after returning home. Man has symptoms or positive Zika test Use birth control and condoms correctly Women should continue using birth control to prevent Use condoms correctly every time you have vaginal, anal, or oral sex for 3 months after returning home Use condoms correctly every time you have vaginal, anal, or oral sex for 3 months after returning home Man has no symptoms and no positive Zika test Guidance for pregnant women and their male sex partners Pregnant woman who did not travel to a Zika- affected area Do not travel to a Zika-affected area during your pregnancy.If it’s not possible to delay travel, talk to a health care provider first, and take steps to protect yourself with traveling. Call your health care provider to discuss Zika testing. Plan together to abstain from sexual activity or use condoms correctly every time you have vaginal, anal, or oral sex for the duration of the pregnancy. If you’re pregnant and had vaginal, anal or oral sex without a condom with a man or woman who has or might have Zika, contact your health care provider to discuss Zika testing. Pregnant woman who did travel to or resided in a Zika-affected area Pregnant woman’s sex partner has or might have Zika Guidance for people trying to conceive People who did not travel to a Zika-affected area Woman has traveled to or resided in a Zika-affected area Do not travel to a Zika-affected area while trying to conceive. Symptoms Wait at least 8 weeks after symptoms started before trying to conceive Wait at least 8 weeks after last possible Zika exposure before trying to conceive Wait at least 3 months after symptoms started before trying to conceive Wait at least 3 months after last possible Zika exposure before trying to conceive No Symptoms Man has traveled to or resided in a Zika-affected area Symptoms No Symptoms Questions regarding this guidance can be directed to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Epidemiology Hotline (877)427-7317. Distributed August 7, 2018