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Zika Virus Infection in British Virgin Islands

29 Aug 2016

On 25 August 2016, the British Virgin Islands Ministry of Health and Social Development confirmed five cases of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection. The cases are believed to have been contracted in the Cane Garden Bay and Havers areas of Tortola.

For the purpose of advising travellers the British Virgin Islands have been categorised as a High risk.

Advice to Travellers

All Travellers

  • Mosquito bite avoidance is strongly recommended.
  • Seek travel advice from your healthcare provider at least 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, but particularly important if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy.
  • You are strongly advised to obtain adequate travel insurance – if pregnant, check with your travel insurance company that you are covered under the policy.
  • Take measures to avoid sexual transmission of ZIKV

Specific recommendations for pregnant women

Until the link between ZIKV and adverse pregnancy outcomes has been fully clarified pregnant women should:

  • Postpone non-essential travel to High risk country/territory/areas.
  • On return, early obstetric review is recommended even if well.
  • For more detailed advice look here

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