Advice for travellers to Florida

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Press Release Date: 3rd August 2016

Due to the recently reported cases of the Zika virus in Florida we advise anyone planning to travel to Florida to take precaution against this mosquito borne disease.

For every five people who have the disease, only one person will have symptoms. Symptoms include fever, rash, itchy skin, joint pain, conjunctivitis, muscle pain and headache. The symptoms are generally mild, and people usually don’t get sick enough that they need to go to the hospital.

Even though the individual risk must be remarkably small, in line with the Dept. of Foreign Affairs, we recommend women who are pregnant, or planning to become pregnant within the following few months, to postpone any unnecessary travel to areas affected by the Zika virus to avoid exposure.

If it is necessary to travel to Florida make sure you are protected with a good insect repellent. TMB insect repellents can be picked up in TMB clinics, Lloyds Pharmacies, Dunnes Stores and Tesco nationwide, as well as in Pure Pharmacy in Dublin Airport. If you have any concerns please contact your nearest TMB clinic.

Women who have not developed any symptoms of infection with Zika virus should avoid becoming pregnant for eight weeks after being in a Zika-infected area. Those who did have confirmed or suspected infection should avoid pregnancy for six months. However, there is a blood test to screen those who have returned if this is clinically recommended.

If you have been abroad and do become unwell, Tropical Medical Bureau offers a 24/7 emergency hotline for existing patients.

Tropical Medical Bureau representatives are available for comment/interview. Please

To book an appointment, please contact the Tropical Medical Bureau on 1850 487674 or
Michelle Ryan
Phone: 083 1042620

Michael Collins
Phone: 086 8583585

Niamh Waters
Phone: 086 0492394

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