No cases of Zika have been reported in Puerto Vallarta according to the State of Jalisco’s Secretary of Health and its vector-borne and zoonotic disease division. Preventive measures against mosquito-borne diseases have been maintained by the State authorities and the city has procedures in place to prevent and control vector-borne diseases like dengue, chikungunya and zika.
Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya in Puerto Vallarta
The dengue and Chikungunya viruses as well as the mosquito-borne viral infection Zika is spread by the same aedes aegypti mosquito. As a new and emerging disease in Mexico, a minimal number of cases of the Zika virus infection have been reported. In the past, there were a series of preventative measures in place in Puerto Vallarta set up by its population and tourism infrastructure. This included a state coordinated Tourism and Health program that awarded businesses with a good hygiene and cleanliness record a certification known as Distintivos H.
How are you protected against zika dengue and chikungunya in Puerto Vallarta?
The region’s ongoing health programs include preventative measures against the Aedes Aegypti mosquito and various programs of larval control and the fumigation of city streets, beaches and river beds along Jalisco’s coastal areas including Puerto Vallarta are in place. Also included is in-home spraying of insecticide and a public awareness campaign to highlight the dangers of these viruses.
Jalisco’s Secretary of Health also uses a vigorous system of epidemiological surveillance to help with early detection of virus cases. This results in helping to minimize the possible spread of such diseases. The city, state and federal authorities along with the local tourism industry, the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board, the CVB and the Hotel & Motel Association consider the health and safety of its visitors and local residents the highest priority and will continue to execute effective preventative measures to counteract these viruses.