Health authorities in Dominican Republic declare end of Zika epidemic may be in sight

There is a decrease in the number of reported cases of Zika fever, and health authorities have declared a possible end to the Zika epidemic. However, several factors may work against this result. The fact that the latest cases were reported from 8 provinces (Azua, Barahona, Dajabón, Elías Piña, Pedernales, Independencia, Santiago and Santo Domingo) suggests that there is still widespread transmission of the virus.

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Advice For Travellers

For every reported case, there may be 4 infected people who develop few if any symptoms and are not reported. In addition, the movement of people into the country from Haiti, where there is an active epidemic, means that the virus will be re-introduced frequently. Travellers should remain vigilant since the risk of exposure to this virus may be high in some places. Travellers can minimize the risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

There is strong scientific evidence that this virus is the cause of microcephaly (small brain) and other neurological abnormalities in newborn infants. The World health Organization states that pregnant women should be advised not to travel to areas with Zika virus outbreaks. Pregnant women whose sexual partners live in or travel to areas with Zika virus outbreaks should ensure safe sexual practices or abstain from sex for the duration of their pregnancy,