Zika Virus Infection in USA (Florida) (Update)
15 Aug 2016
On 12 August 2016 the Florida Department of Health (FDoH) advised the total number of non-travel related cases of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection had increased to 28 cases.
FDoH advised that active transmission of ZIKV infection is believed to be only taking place within an identified one-square mile area in Miami-Dade County. A map of the zone affected in Miami-Dade County can be accessed here.
Advice to 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.
- Advice on how to prevent sexual transmission of ZIKV should be followed.
Specific recommendations if you are pregnant
Until the link between ZIKV and adverse pregnancy outcomes has been fully clarified pregnant women should:
- Consider postponing non-essential travel to the affected areas until the baby has been born.
- On return, early obstetric review is recommended even if well.
- For more detailed advice look here.