Puerto Rico reports extensive Zika cases

Puerto Rico continues to report high levels of transmission of the Zika virus. So far this year, more than 35,500 cases have been registered. Since approximately 80% of the people who become infected with this virus do not have any symptoms and do not seek medical care, they are not registered in official statistics. The actual number of infected people could be closer to 200,000.

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Advice For Travellers

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