Puerto Rico struggles with Zika virus

Puerto Rico is experiencing a major Zika epidemic with over 2,400 new cases reported last week. The total number of infected people since the virus first appeared on the island has reached more than 22,300

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Advice For Travellers

The number of new cases reported in one week is a major concern. The risk of exposure to this virus may be high, but it is difficult to estimate for an individual traveller 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 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,