Zika Virus Warning Up-Date
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded its Zika virus travel warning to an additional eight countries. As a reminder, while the mosquito-borne virus causes only mild illness in most people, there is mounting evidence linking it to a birth defect. Specifically, the CDC is recommending that pregnant women consider postponing travel to any area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing, and women who are trying to become pregnant talk to their doctors about the risk of infection before travelling.
The 24 countries now covered by the CDC warning are Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Samoa, St. Martin, Suriname, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Venezuela. The CDC cautions that “specific areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing are often difficult to determine and are likely to change over time.”
Your clients will likely have questions about the disease and its ability to spread while traveling. You may want to direct them to http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information for the most up-to-date recommendations.
Finally, the Associated Press reported today that several airlines may be offering refunds to certain travelers concerned about the Zika outbreak. TravelPOINTS recommends that where warranted, check with respective carriers directly to determine their most up-to-date policies regarding refunds and exchanges related to the virus as this issue evolves.
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