Zika Virus Update
28th January 2016
In light of recent developments and UK press coverage regarding the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas. All information below is from the FCO, or the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and follows latest ABTA guidelines.
What is Zika Virus? ZIKV is a dengue-like virus that is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. In approx. 80% of cases the infection usually occurs without any symptoms, but can also cause an illness similar to dengue (fever, headache, muscle & joint pain). The condition is usually mild and short-lived (2-7 days). Those who are pregnant are most at risk however as a possible link between the virus in pregnancy and congenital malformations has been identified and investigations are ongoing.
Where is Zika virus currently present? South America, Central America and some parts of the Caribbean are currently affected, but the situation is likely to change. The latest information on countries with confirmed cases of locally-contracted virus can be found here.
What is the Government Travel advice? There is no vaccine against or treatment for Zika virus beyond ensuring plentiful DEET-based anti-mosquito measures, and the latest FCO guidance advises those who are pregnant to consider avoiding travel to areas where outbreaks are ongoing. The latest FCO advice for each destination can be found here.
For more advice please contact Holiday Time.