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Zika Virus Infection in Florida (USA) (Update)

18 Oct 2016

Active Zika virus (ZIKV) transmission continues in Florida. As of 18 October 2016 the Florida Department of HealthLink has reported a total of 160 cases of non-travel related ZIKV virus infection. Maps of the zones affected in Miami-Dade County can be accessed hereLink                        

ZIKV is not being locally transmitted in any other state of America.

Advice for Travellers

Please refer to the Health Protection Scotland ZIKV transmission table to determine the current risk category of any given country/territory/area:

ZIKV is most commonly spread by mosquito bites, but there is also a risk of sexual transmission. There is a link between ZIKV infection and babies being born with birth defects.

  • All travellers should practice strict mosquito bite avoidance, at all times.
  • All travellers should have adequate travel insurance.

  • Always refer to current  advice on the ZIKV Infection page, which includes how to avoid sexual transmission of ZIKV.
  • Pregnant women should postpone non-essential travel to countries or areas with High riskLink of ZIKV transmission.
  • Pregnant women should consider postponing non-essential travel to countries or areas with Moderate riskLink of ZIKV transmission.
  • Travellers that develop any feverish illness whilst travelling or on return medical attention must be sought quickly.
  • An individual risk assessment is advisable for pregnant women travelling to low risk areas.