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Zika Virus Infection in USA (Florida) (Update)

09 Sep 2016

Active Zika virus (ZIKV) transmission continues in Florida but at a low rate.  As of 8 September 2016 the Florida Department of Health has reported a total of 56 cases of non-travel related ZIKV virus infection. Active investigations are ongoing. Maps of the zones affected in Miami-Dade County can be accessed here.

For the purpose of advising travellers Miami-Dade County has been categorised as a High risk area while the State of Florida is considered Moderate 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.
  • Consider postponing non-essential travel to Moderate risk country/territory/areas.
  • On return, early obstetric review is recommended even if well.
  • For more detailed advice look here

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