(Excerpted from UMVIM-SEJ Newsletter)
As the Zika Virus continues to spread across the Central and South America and the Caribbean--a part of the world where many UMVIM teams serve--UMVIM has partnered with the Center for Disease Control to educate teams who are traveling to Zika-affected areas.
The CDC has provided information that is now available directly from the CDC Zika Webpage. Please take the time to read the information on these pages thoroughly and share with your team members.
UMVIM Recommendations Regarding Zika:
If you are traveling to a Zika-affected country, each team member should assemble and carry their own Zika Virus Prevention Kit.
Since birth defects are among the most serious side effects of Zika, UMVIM’s is advising that no one who is attempting to get pregnant participate in an UMVIM mission journey to a country with active Zika cases. Please note that this advisory also includes males, as the virus can be spread by sexual contact.
At this time, Southeastern Jurisdiction UMVIM will continue to insure teams traveling to countries with active Zika cases. Refer to their Insurance FAQ page for full information on our insurance policies. As always, do not hesitate to contact UMVIM, SEJ with any questions or concerns.
Other helpful links can be found in the left column of this blog and/or below:
Travel recommendations: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-information
Countries and territories with outbreaks: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/index.html
Pregnant women information: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pregnancy/
Parent information: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/parents/index.html
Zika Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/index.html