Some mosquito-borne diseases are not locally found in Arizona, but are associated with travel to areas of the world experiencing ongoing transmission. This includes regions in close proximity to Arizona, such as Mexico. Whether visiting across the border or traveling to other international destinations, know where mosquito-borne illnesses may be present and take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.
If you have traveled outside of the U.S. and begin feeling sick upon your return home, it’s important to tell your doctor where you have visited so that you may get a proper diagnosis.
Pregnant women should NOT travel to areas with risk of Zika. If you must travel to one of these areas, talk to your doctor or other healthcare provider first and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites and practice safe sex. Zika virus can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Zika infection during pregnancy can cause a birth defect called microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. See what diseases are currently spreading in the country you will be traveling to and what you can do to help prevent from getting infected.