Anyone who spends time in a place where Mayaro virus infection occurs is at risk. Currently, Mayaro virus is found in parts of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. There is no vaccine to prevent Mayaro virus disease. People who live in or travel to these places should take steps to prevent mosquito bites.
Here are ways you can protect yourself:
- Use insect repellent when outdoors
- Wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors
- Choose a hotel or lodging with air conditioning or window and door screens
- Use a mosquito net if you will be sleeping outside or when screened rooms are not available
You can learn more about preventing mosquito bites here.