Several governments have issued travel warnings for countries in which the presence of the Zika virus has been confirmed. Barbados is among these countries.
Local hotels, along with health officials, are taking steps to control the spread of this virus, putting in place preventive and control measures including staff training. The focus is on reducing the presence of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the primary mosquito species responsible for transmitting the Zika virus.
Symptoms of Zika include fever, rash, joint pain and eye inflammation. Up to 80% of the people infected with Zika show no symptoms. The illness is generally mild, with symptoms lasting for several days to a week.
There is currently no cure or vaccine for Zika. Treatment includes rest, intake of fluids, and use of acetaminophen or paracetamol to relieve fever and pain. Do not take aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Pregnant women, and those planning to become pregnant, should be particularly careful because of the possible link between the Zika virus and microcephaly, a birth defect where a baby’s head is smaller than expected.