Lab results create sudden increase in Zika virus cases in US Virgin Islands

The receipt of a large number of laboratory test results that were pending for a large number of people has created a sudden increase in the number of reported cases of Zika virus infection. St. Thomas Island has the highest number of cases (556) followed by St. Croix with a total of 139 confirmed cases, and St. John with 52 cases.

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Advice For Travellers

The risk of exposure to this virus may be high. 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.

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.

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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