Health Tips for Spring Breakers

Posted at 4:49 PM, Mar 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-18 20:38:25-04

Today's line at the pump for commuters at the Costco located on Rosedale Highway showed healthy signs of travel.

"That's why I'm here, I'm going out of town this weekend," said Gary Eden.

Eden plans to head to the Lake Isabella area for recreational shooting. 

Eden, like many Kern County residents associate spring break with hitting the road.

"We're actually heading to Las Vegas for the Spartan race," said Alex Ochawa.

After seeing the long lines, Ochawa's friends decided to take advantage.

"They said that they could make it to the bathroom and back by the time we get through the line," said Ochawa.

While some county residents are staying local, others may opt to take flight and head out of the country.

Michelle Corson, with The Kern County Department of Public Health advises all to plan before traveling.

"There are travel advisories in place particularly if you're a pregnant woman, or a woman wanting to get become pregnant, you need to know where Zika is present and you are being advised not to travel at this time."  

Mexico is amongst the popular travel destinations in which the Zika virus is prevalent. 

The Centers for Disease Control says some ways to protect yourself include using insect repellent (make ingreidants include DEET, picaridin, IR3535, OLD or PMD).

Also, the CDC recommends wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, using a bed night overnight while you're sleeping, and making sure to use condoms if having sexual intercourse. 

While California is considered a low-risk state for the virus, Corson said we should continue taking the right precautions with the seasons changing, and temperatures continuing to rise.

"We're about to get into West Nile Virus season, so we should be thinking of this anyway," Corson said.