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Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Programs
600 S. Commonwealth Ave., 8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Tel: (213) 639-6400
FAX: (213) 639-1034
Zika Information on Post-Travel

When you return from an area with Zika, you still have to protect yourself and those around you. Make sure you do not bring Zika back home with you.

The 3-6-8 Rule
Protect yourself from mosquitoes upon return
Protect your partner upon return

The 3-6-8 Rule

The 3-6-8 Rule is a guideline to follow after you have traveled to an area with Zika even if you do not have symptoms.

3-6-8 Rule

Image of mosquito repellent Image of condoms
Sources: https://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/prevent-mosquito-bites.html,
https://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/sexual-transmission-prevention.html 

Protect yourself from mosquitoes upon return

Even if you do not feel sick, travelers returning from an area with Zika should take these steps to prevent spreading the virus to other people.

Zika virus can be found in a person's blood after they return from their trip. If a mosquito bites that person, then the mosquito could spread the virus to other people.

Prevent mosquito bites for 3 weeks after you return

Protect your partner upon return 

Infographic from CDC on Zika and sex Source: https://www.cdc.gov/zika/pdfs/fs-Zika-Sex-PartnerTravel.pdf 

Men should use condoms or not have sex for at least 6 months
after returning from an area with Zika

Women should use condoms or not have sex for at least 8 weeks
after returning from an area with Zika.

If you or your partner have been to an area with Zika, wait to get pregnant.

Infographic on post-travel from ACDC
Source: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/docs/Zika3Sheets/EngSpan.pdf 

4 ways to precent Zika after travel Source: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/after-trip

If you feel sick after returning, see your healthcare provider. Tell your provider where you have been. You and your provider can decide if you need to be tested for Zika virus. Click here to learn more about symptoms and testing for Zika.

 

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References

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Going to Visit Friends or Family in an Area with Zika? November 4, 2016. Retrieved from: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/visit-family-friends-area-with-zika#after

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Guidelines for Travelers Visiting Friends and Family in Areas with Chikungunya, Dengue, or Zika. May 12, 2017 Retrieved from: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/travelers-vfr-chikungunya-dengue-zika

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Key Messages – Zika Virus Disease. June 8, 2017. Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/zika/pdfs/zika-key-messages.pdf     

 

 

Revised: 08/25/2017

 
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