Increase in Zika cases in Florida, USA

The initial 4 cases of locally acquired Zika infection in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties have grown to 14 cases. Health authorities in Canada and the USA (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC) are advising pregnant women to avoid travelling to the small area (Wynwood, an area north of central Miami City) where the cases have occurred.

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Advice For Travellers

At present the outbreak in the affected area is small, and the general risk of exposure for the general traveller is low. However, the risk of exposure for the general traveller in any particular location, such as Wynwood, is difficult to estimate since so many infected people have no symptoms and are not recorded officially. There may be more infected people in the community.

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.

Because there is strong scientific evidence that this virus is the cause of microcephaly (small brain) and other neurological abnormalities in newborn infants, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that pregnant women avoid the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami. Women and men who live in or traveled to the area since June 15 and who have a pregnant sex partner should use condoms or abstain from sex during pregnancy.

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