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Zika Virus in Haiti (Update)

04 Feb 2016

The Minister of Public Health in Haiti has reported that there are now 125 cases of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection in the country. Cases have been identified in 10 departments of Haiti, with 35% located in West and 32% in the North. This is considered to be a poor reflection on the actual number of cases as many will go unreported.

Advice for Travellers

Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, is recommended for all travellers. Due to the possible link between Zika virus infection and birth defects, pregnant women, or those planning pregnancy are strongly urged to seek pre-travel advice from their health care provider. They should be helped to understand the risks and to make an informed decision on whether to change their travel plans. If the decision is made to travel, strict measures to avoid mosquito bites both during daytime and nightime hours should be followed.

Bite avoidance measures include: covering up with clothing, the use of insect repellent and bed nets impregnated with insecticide. Reduction of mosquito breeding sites around hotel rooms/homes is advised for longer term stays.