In the USA, 26 babies were born to women who were infected with Zika when travelling.

The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that 442 pregnant women from the United States were likely infected with Zika virus while visiting Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Republic of Marshall Islands, or Venezuela. Among the infants born to these pregnant women, 26 babies were born with one or more neurological defects (including microcephaly).

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Advice For Travellers

Zika virus transmission is widespread in the Americas, but the risk of exposure for the general traveller in any particular location is difficult to estimate since so many infected people have no symptoms and are not recorded officially. There may be many infected people in the community.

The absence of reports from other countries does not mean there is no transmission of Zika virus there.

There is no vaccine or specific treatment for this infection. Travellers can minimize the risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Given that 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 advises that pregnant women should not 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,

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