Thousand cases of Zika in Dominican Republic

Health authorities have reported that there are at least 1,000 suspected cases of Zika virus infection in at least 17 of the country's provinces. Santiago province is the most affected but cases have also been recorded in Distrito Nacional, Santo Domingo, Puerto Plata, Azua, Barahona and Independencia.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Zika Fever.

Advice For Travellers

As the virus spreads through the mosquitoes, 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 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. Since infection with this virus usually causes no symptoms or a rather mild illness similar to flu, there may be many infected people in the community.

There is growing scientific evidence that this virus may be the cause of microcephaly (small brain) in newborn infants. As a precautionary measure, women who are pregnant in their first trimester should consider postponing travel to countries where this virus is spreading or, at a minimum, take extra precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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