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The Facts on Zika Virus

Get the Facts on Zika Virus

The winter months are a great time to escape from the dark and rainy season.  The majority of the travellers we are seeing in our clinics are escaping to warm destinations where Zika Virus is a risk.

Prevention is key to avoid this illness while you are travelling.  Below are some facts on Zika Virus that every traveller should consider before they depart for a winter getaway.


+ Zika is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito and it can also be passed on through sex

+ Zika Virus can cause a rash, fever, joint pain and red eyes that usually lasts up to a week

+ Only 1 in 4 people show signs and symptoms of Zika

+ There is no treatment for Zika Virus and there is no vaccine

+ Zika is linked to birth defects



+ Avoid being bitten by mosquitoes

+ use insect repellent with 20% Icaridin or 30% DEET

+ cover up with clothing when mosquitoes are present

+ avoid conceiving for 6 months (males) 8 weeks (females) after travelling to a Zika Virus destination

+ Use condoms


The virus can be passed on to sexual partners (vaginal, anal and oral sex) even though the infected person doesn’t have any signs and symptoms.  Use condoms to avoid infecting your partner.   After returning from a Zika risk area, females should continue using condoms for 8 weeks, males for 6 months.


Planning a pregnancy | Pregnant travellers

+ Female travellers returning from a Zika risk area should wait at least 2 months before trying to conceive.

+ Male travellers returning from a Zika virus should wait 6 months before planning to conceive.


Zika virus infection in pregnant women

Pregnant women should avoid non-essential travel to Zika destinations.  The virus can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus.  Avoid unprotected sexual contact for the entire pregnancy with anyone who has travelled to a risk area.  Ensure to use condoms your entire pregnancy.  Women concerned about exposure or who think they may have been infected, should see their doctor to discuss testing options.

Traveller’s departing for Zika destinations can still enjoy their vacation.  Know the facts of Zika Virus and how to avoid contracting this disease.  And remember: keep your insect repellent on hand at all times and use it!

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The Destination Wedding: Pragmatic or Romantic?

There are many reasons to have a destination wedding, ranging from the romantic to the purely pragmatic. Who can forget Seinfeld’s Elaine being invited to an ex’s wedding in India–a locale so far-flung that she considered it an “unvite,” suggesting that the bride and groom expected her to decline.

The Unvite?

However outlandish that episode was, there is a kernel of truth to the logic. For those that don’t want the pressure of inviting everyone they know to their wedding (your barista, the guy who cleaned your carpets etc…) a destination wedding is definitely a way to thin out the list of invitees, which allows you to celebrate your big day with only those people whom you wish to share it.

For the Romance

On a more romantic note, often people have visited a destination that has special meaning for them, and getting married there carries significance. Friends of ours, for instance, had a gorgeous dinner experience on an old farm in Provence. Eating al fresco, the sun setting over the valley, the goats wandering in the background, the carafes of Rose–they both knew right then and there that this is where they wanted to be married.

Whether you are the pragmatic or romantic type, if you are considering a destination wedding, the following will help!

Money Management

While destination weddings can be less expensive, it’s very important to keep track of your costs and stick to your budget, as it’s very easy to go over! Adding extra options, more luxurious digs, etc… can be tempting, but will come with a price tag!

Don’t Wait Until the last minute:

Planning a destination wedding has a lot of moving parts. It’s best to start looking for hotels as soon as possible, as availability will vary depending on when you plan to tie the knot. You’ll also want to give your wedding guests a minimum of four months notice, so they can make preparations well in advance of your big day.

Keep the Lines of Communication Open

Make sure to send out “save-the-date” cards as soon as you know where and when you’ll be married. To keep your guests up to date, it’s also a great idea to create a website that provides them with the following:

  • what to bring/pack
  • updates on the weather
  • link to events and activities that guests can enjoy during their stay
  • itinerary of events
  • nearby restaurants and cafes
  • activities for children
  • child care

Make your Guests Feel at Home

Don’t forget that those attending your wedding are “guests,” and it’s important that they feel cared for while at your wedding. Make sure that they receive a warm welcome. A great way to do that is to provide your guests with things like maps of the area, bottled water, snacks, some fun flip-flops to get around in.

Accessibility is Key

Make sure to find out if people will need special help at the wedding. This could be anything from a wheelchair to cribs for babies. Ensuring that your guests can get around freely and comfortably will go a long way to a successful wedding!

So, whether you are thinking of having a destination wedding to “unvite” certain people from attending, or just love the romance of the idea, we hope you find these tips helpful!

Before you travel, protect your health.

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