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Travelers react to 1st Zika related death in U.S

Posted at 10:26 PM, May 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-01 22:26:51-04
 
Following the first confirmed Zika related death in the U.S., health experts urge travelers to practice preventative care. 
 
For fliers at Fort Myers International Airport Zika's dominance in the Sunshine State caused some concern. 
 
"It does because you can't really protect yourself too well against it," said Randy Brown. 
 
While there isn't a vaccine to prevent Zika, there are steps you can take to protect yourself. 
 
Mosquitos are attracted to human odors, and the variety that carries Zika is especially attracted to human feet. To keep them away, experts say you should look for mosquito repellant with the active ingredient DEET or picardin.
 
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 80% of people infected with Zika don't show symptoms. 
 
"That's the biggest concern," said Roy Kaplan, a Board Certified Pediatrician and Anesthesiologist. "That person can be infected, have no symptoms." 
 
Dr. Kaplan says because so little is known about the virus preventative care is the best approach.   
 
"It makes complete sense to take every potential opportunity to prevent mosquito bites," said Dr. Kaplan.  
 
According to the CDC, mosquitoes that spread Zika mostly bite during the daytime. So opt for long sleeves and pants if you're going to be outdoors. You should also remove anything around your home that can collect water.
 
So far, 90 infected travelers have landed in the Sunshine State. As summer approaches keeping mosquitoes at bay will be the best line of defense for anyone traveling to high risk zones. 
 
Due to growing concerns over the spread of Zika, the FDA granted emergency approval for the first commercial test for the virus. Quest Diagnostics, which makes the new tests, says it will be ready for doctors  next week.