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AFA E-Lines: Feb 09, 2016

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  • February 18 Day of Action
  • Safety Alert – Zika Virus

February 18 Day of Action
Mark your calendars! On February 18th the Joint MEC is conducting an ALL CALL to Chicago starting at 2 pm Central. We have taken action together around the world, and this February we will gather together in one location, inviting our Sisters and Brother from all other Unions to join us along with Flight Attendants throughout the industry, to demonstrate our unified commitment to achieve a new standard for our careers as we share in the profits we help create through our significant contribution to the success of airline.

Safety Alert – Zika Virus
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a travel health notice for people traveling to regions and certain countries where the Zika virus outbreaks have occurred: including Mexico, Central America, South America, Puerto Rico, Caribbean, Africa, and the Pacific Islands.  Due to the nature of the viruses that are transmitted by mosquitos, areas of outbreak are fluid and can change rapidly.  A review of the  CDC website is always recommended prior to any travel in order to determine the most up to date locations of the virus outbreaks. 

The Zika virus is primarily spread through mosquito bites; however, it can also be spread through sexual contact or from a mother to her baby during pregnancy.  The CDC recommends taking precautions when traveling to areas where the Zika virus has been reported.  When traveling, the best way to prevent mosquito bites and avoid contracting the virus and the possibility of spreading it is to follow a few steps: 

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants
  • Stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside
  • Sleep under a mosquito bed net if you are overseas or outside and are not able to protect yourself from mosquito bites
  • Use EPA registered insect repellent(s)

If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant and are concerned about flying a trip to one of these areas, please review the company’s Inflight Safety Zika Alert for steps that can be taken to address your concerns. Further, we recommend that if you have specific health concerns or are considering becoming pregnant that you work with your personal physician and United’s Medical Department. 

For more information about the Zika Virus please visit the CDC website

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