Zika virus found in Guadeloupe and St. Martin

Guadeloupe and St. Martin are the latest countries to announce the presence of Zika virus. One patient who acquired the infections from local mosquitoes has been diagnosed in each country.

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Advice For Travellers

While the risk of exposure for the general traveller to these tourist destinations is very low, it may increase in the near future if the virus spreads in the local mosquitoes. Travellers can minimize the risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Since infection with this virus usually causes a rather mild illness similar to flu, there may be many cases in the community that do not seek medical attention and are not reported to health authorities. Until the association between infection with this virus and the increase in cases of microcephaly (small brain) in newborns in Brazil is clarified, women who are in the first trimester of pregnancy should take extra precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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