ZIKA VIRUS RISKS AND TRAVEL PRECAUTIONS:
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FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC
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SUBJ/ZIKA VIRUS RISKS AND TRAVEL PRECAUTIONS//
NARR/REF A IS DOD DIRECTIVE (DODD) 6200.04, FORCE HEALTH PROTECTION.
REF B IS MILPERSMAN 1050-250, FOREIGN LEAVE TRAVEL. REF C IS DODD
4500.54E, DOD FOREIGN CLEARANCE PROGRAM. REF D IS ARMED FORCES PEST
MANAGEMENT BOARD TECHNICAL GUIDE NUMBER 36, PERSONAL PROTECTIVE
MEASURES AGAINST INSECTS AND OTHER ARTHROPODS OF MILITARY
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN is to remind all Commanders that per references (a)
through (c), Service members must comply with all DoD travel guidance. On 15
January 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assigned
travel advisories, Alert Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions, for the
Caribbean, Central America, and South America, including Mexico and Puerto
Rico. CDC issued these advisories due to ongoing Zika virus transmission and
concern the virus may cause serious birth defects in the unborn children of
women infected during pregnancy. Spread of the virus through blood
transfusion and sexual contact has also been reported.
2. Commanders will ensure Service members traveling to Zika virus affected
areas, whether on duty or in a leave status, are aware of these travel
advisories to include compliance with appropriate personal protective
measures to prevent mosquito bites and minimize chances of infection. Female
Service members who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should consult
with their healthcare providers before traveling to the affected regions.
Finally, Commanders will advise Service members to make their family members
aware of the CDC travel advisories and encourage female family members who
are pregnant or trying to become pregnant to consult with their healthcare
providers before traveling to these regions.
3. Zika virus is transmitted by mosquitoes prevalent throughout the
Americas, that most often bite during the day. These are the same mosquitoes
that transmit Chikungunya and Dengue viruses. Locally acquired Zika
infections have also been reported in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific islands.
There is no vaccine or medication available to prevent Zika infection. The
most effective way to prevent infection is to practice strict mosquito bite
preventive measures. Proper personal protective measures to minimize mosquito
bites are detailed in reference (d).
4. Zika virus symptoms may include fever, rash, headache, joint and muscle
aches, and red irritated eyes. However, four out of five people infected
with the virus may never develop symptoms. For those who do, symptoms
typically last two to seven days.
5. All Service members or family members who have traveled to Zika affected
areas and suspect that they may have been infected with Zika virus should
inform their healthcare providers immediately and report their travel
history. This is particularly important for pregnant Service and family
6. Updated CDC travel advisory information can be accessed at
http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices. Additional information can be found at:
support/Pages/Zika-virus.aspx and http://www.cdc.gov/zika/.
7. Released by Vice Admiral R. L. Thomas, Director, Navy Staff.//