Zika Virus in the Bahamas

Currently the Bahamas does not host the Zika Virus. The Bahamian government is, “intensely monitoring the (zika virus) situation.” They have also taken proactive steps to reduce the chance of Zika transmission which include increased fogging and continued education to both citizens and resorts that will help to reduce mosquito breeding habitats.

At Forfar Field Station, we have eliminated areas with standing water, cut back vegetation near the cabins which allows for the area to dry out preventing breeding areas, and fog the areas behind the cabins.  We have installed mosquito nets on all the beds for nighttime protection.  We encourage the use of bug spray when visiting but your best defense is to where lightweight pants and long-sleeve shirts (it’s also your best defense against sunburn!)

For more information:

CDC Zika in the Bahamas Resource Guide

CDC Press Release (Zika in Bahamas)

Bahama Government Statement on Zika & Prevention