What to know about Zika in Tulum?
If you are planning your vacation in Tulum and are worried about the Zika virus, here we will share the most relevant information.
First, you must know that the Zika virus is not contagious and cannot be transmitted through personal contact, air, water or food.
Zika virus is an infection transmitted by the same type of mosquito linked to Dengue and Chikungunya.
These diseases have been reported in more than 27 countries in the American Continent, including the United States. So you may be equally safe coming to Tulum as if you stayed in the Continental U.S.
There are currently no restrictions against travelers visiting Mexico.
Mexico, as well as all the other countries that have had the presence of this virus, have launched extensive campaigns to avoid the Zika virus and prevent and eradicate the reproduction of mosquitoes.
The local, State and Federal Government health agencies have launched public service announcements, campaigns and frequent preventive travel advisories and most hotels in Tulum have their own fumigation staff in order to prevent and keep the entire destination safe. So far, no deaths have been reported in Mexico due to Zika virus overall, and to date there are no known cases in 2020.
This is how the Zika virus can be transmitted:
- Bite from an infected mosquito
- Maternal-fetal transmission
- Blood transfusion
- Blood matter
- Organ transplant
- Laboratory exposure
The major concern regarding the Zika virus is that there is still no vaccine to prevent the infection and that it may be linked to birth defects such as microcephaly and other congenital malformations, that’s why most countries advise pregnant women against going to areas where cases of the Zika virus has been reported. If you are pregnant and concerned, the best option would be not to travel and avoid a stressful vacation.
According to the World’s Health Organization (WHO) these are the main symptoms:
“Symptoms of Zika virus infection are usually mild. People with symptoms such as fever, rash, headache or arthralgia should get plenty of rest, drink fluids, and treat pain and fever with common medicines. If symptoms worsen, they should seek medical care”.
Here are the most effective ways to prevent the Zika virus:
- Apply mosquito repellant constantly
- Wear long sleeves and pants
- Close the door screens in your hotel room
- Have safe sex
Take your own safety precautions as you would do before travelling to any other destination and enjoy a realxed and fun vacation in Tulum.