Beginning January 15, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a travel alert to those countries with a high incidence of the Zika Virus. Four in five people who acquire Zika Virus infection may have no symptoms. The illness is usually mild and does not require hospitalization. Symptoms generally include fever, joint pain, rash, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). These symptoms may last from several days to a week. There is currently no vaccination against this virus.
Travelers are urged to protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites. Special precautions for pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant have been recommended by the CDC due to the risk of microcephaly and other poor pregnancy outcomes in the babies born of mothers who were infected with the Zika Virus while pregnant. Pregnant women or women trying to become pregnant should consult with their OB/GYN before traveling to high risk countries.
Travelers should regularly monitor the Travel Health Notices for updates on countries that may be added to the list.
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