The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new travel notices
for countries affected by Zika virus. The information and recommendations from CDC read:
Zika virus is transmitted via mosquito bites, not from person to person. These mosquitoes bite during the day. The illness is usually mild and self-limiting, and it manifests itself 3-12 days after the mosquito bite. The main symptoms are fever, headache, skin rash, joint pain, and/or conjunctivitis (red eyes) which last 2-7 days.
Although it is not confirmed, it is suspected that contracting Zika during pregnancy could be associated with a higher incidence of serious birth abnormalities. Not everybody who is bitten by a mosquito becomes ill, and not all mosquitoes carry the virus. There is no treatment or vaccine for the virus, and the only way to protect yourself is to avoid mosquito bites.
Pregnant women are recommended to avoid travel to the follow affected areas:
• Central America
• Puerto Rico
• South America
For Crystal guests with upcoming voyages to any one or more of the above regions, we recommend some precautionary steps to protect yourself:
Apply insect repellent which contains one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin (KBR 3023), Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus/PMD, or IR3535. Insect repellent can be obtained from the hospital.
Wear a loose, long-sleeved shirt and long pants to minimize the likelihood of being bitten.
If you are bitten by a mosquito ashore, there is no need to panic. Just consult your doctor if you feel unwell.
Additional advice for women who are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant:
If you think you may be pregnant, or if you are trying to become pregnant, you should speak to your doctor before sailing.
To access the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Zika virus FAQs, click here: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/disease-qa.html
To access the World Health Organization's (WHO) Zika virus fact sheet, click here http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/zika/en/
Crystal Cruises is monitoring this situation very closely, along with our colleagues in the rest of the travel industry. We remain in contact with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as international health organizations for updates and important information.
Crystal Cruises and the cruise industry are taking this matter very seriously and remain focused on the health of all passengers and crew. If you are a Crystal Guest and have any questions or concerns regarding your current or future travel plans with us, please contact your Travel Agent or call Crystal Cruises at (310) 785-9300 (Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm PST), so that we can make the necessary changes to your travel itinerary in a timely manner.
For additional information and updates on the Zika virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dedicated website: www.cdc.gov/zika