MESSAGE FOR TRAVELERS,
We would like to provide you with some important health-related
information to share with your family.
On January 15, 2016, the US Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) upgraded their Zika virus travel health notice
to "Alert Level 2", (Practice Enhanced Precautions) with
specific affected areas of the Caribbean and Central and South
America. You may have received other communications
providing this information. However, we wanted to make you aware
that as of August 3, 2016, the CDC notice now includes Antigua,
Barbuda, and Grand Turk among the affected areas. For the most
up-to-date information on the Zika virus and countries affected,
please visit the website:
Zika virus is spread primarily through mosquitoes, which mainly
bite during daytime hours. Symptoms of Zika typically develop
3-12 days after being bitten and may include fever, headache,
skin rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness
is usually mild with symptoms lasting from 2-7 days and most
people who contract Zika experience no symptoms at all.
Comprehensive health information can be found at:
There has been a recent increase in poor pregnancy outcomes
among mothers who contracted Zika during pregnancy. These cases
are being reported in areas where Zika virus outbreaks have
occurred. Knowledge of the link between Zika and these outcomes
is still developing. For this reason, the CDC Advisory
particularly impacts women who are pregnant and women who are
trying to become pregnant.
The CDC advisory recommends that women who are pregnant in any
trimester consider postponing travel to areas where Zika virus
transmission is ongoing. If pregnant women do opt to travel to
Zika affected areas, the CDC recommends talking to their
healthcare provider in advance and strictly follow steps to
avoid mosquito bites during their trip. Specific guidance for
women who are trying to become pregnant is also included in the
CDC advisory. More information can be found here:
There is no vaccine to prevent Zika Fever however individuals
can reduce their risk of contracting Zika and other
mosquito-borne illnesses by following these steps prior to going
- Apply insect repellent which contains one of the
following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin (KBR 3023),
Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus/PMD, or IR3535.
- If both sunscreen and insect repellent is used, apply
the sunscreen first and then the repellent.
- Repellent is available for purchase from the shops on
- Wear a loose, long-sleeved shirt and long pants,
preferably of a light color to minimize the likelihood of
Should you experience any symptoms of fever, headache, skin
rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes) while sailing on
a cruise, please contact the ship's Medical Center or their
doctor if they have already returned home. Remind them they
should tell their healthcare provider about their recent travel.
Thank you for taking the time to read this important
( Source : Carnival Corporation )
Note: This information is subject to change at anytime without
notice. Click on the links above for the latest information from
the U.S. Government.
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