On Eleuthera we are continuing to keep a close eye on any developments with the Zika virus. As you get ready for your travel, we want to make available the current information we have with regard to Zika. Local Zika transmission on the island of New Providence in The Bahamas was first reported in the middle of August 2016. Because the spread of Zika and other viruses to all countries where Aedes aegypti are endemic is predicted, we are applying our standing mosquito protection protocols for our community as usual. The spread of these viral diseases is difficult to monitor properly – as the article mentions, infections of a specific type can only be verified in a laboratory test. We encourage prevention of mosquito bites – we highly recommend that students and visitors consider bringing personal no-see-um mesh camping type nets for their beds, and bug-net pants and tops. We also promote use of DEET and encourage covering up with long socks and long pants and long sleeves.
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