There is currently an epidemic of the virus in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
“The risk of contracting Zika virus here in Indiana remains low, but we know that many residents are concerned,” Jerome Adams, Indiana's state health commissioner, said. “We urge anyone visiting affected areas to take steps to avoid mosquito bites.”
The Centers for Disease Control advise pregnant women to avoid traveling to those areas, or other areas where the virus has been detected, due to concern about birth defects.
If you do travel to an area where the Zika virus has been detected, take precautions against mosquito bites including:
Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to reduce the amount of exposed skin
Stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside. Sleep under a mosquito bed net if air conditioned or screened rooms aren't available or if sleeping outdoors
Use EPA-registered insect repellents. When used as directed, these insect repellents are safe and effective even for pregnant and breastfeeding women
Look for products containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 as the active ingredients
Treat clothing and gear with permethrin or buy permethrin-treated items. Do not use permethrin directly on skin
“I’m thankful for the work of the Indiana State Department of Health as they have tracked the spread of the Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean in the event it would arrive here in Indiana,” Governor Mike Pence said in a release. “Hoosiers can be assured that the Department of Health is working diligently to study the latest information on the Zika virus and will be proactively keeping Hoosiers informed in the weeks and months ahead.”