Dominican Republic and U.S. Virgin Islands report cases of Zika virus

In the Dominican Republic, 12 people have been diagnosed with Zika virus infections. Of these, 7 became infected through the bites of local mosquitoes. The other people were returning travellers who were infected elsewhere.

In the U.S. Virgin Islands, one person on the island of St. Croix was diagnosed with Zika infection. This person had not travelled elsewhere and acquired the infection from local mosquitoes.

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Advice For Travellers

While the risk of exposure for the general traveller is low at present, it will increase as the virus spreads in local mosquitoes. Travellers can minimize the risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Since infection with this virus usually causes a rather mild illness similar to flu, there may be many cases in the community that do not seek medical attention and are not reported to health authorities. Until the association between infection with this virus and the increase in cases of microcephaly (small brain) in newborns in Brazil is clarified, women who are in the first trimester of pregnancy should take extra precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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