ZIKA VIRUS TRAVEL NEWS
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UPDATE FROM ABTA (3 February 2016)
The Foreign Office has updated its travel advice for a number of countries in Central and South America, some Caribbean islands and Cape Verde and Samoa to reflect the health advice of NaTHNaC in relation to the Zika Virus.
ZIKV is a dengue-like virus that is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. The infection often occurs without symptoms but can also cause an illness similar to dengue. The condition is usually mild and short-lived; severe disease is uncommon. However, a possible link between exposure to Zika virus (ZIKV) in pregnancy and microcephaly and other congenital malformations has been identified and investigations are ongoing
NaTHNaC advises if you are pregnant you should consider avoiding travel to areas where ZIKV outbreaks are currently reported. If travel is unavoidable, or you live in areas where ZIKV is reported, you should take scrupulous insect bite avoidance measures, both during daytime and night time hours. Remember to inform your obstetrician or midwife if you have recently travelled to a country where ZIKV is known to occur.
If you are planning to become pregnant, you should discuss your travel plans with your healthcare provider to assess your risk of infection with ZIKV and receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures.
ABTA would recommend that pregnant women due to travel to any of the destinations affected should seek medical advice from their GP and where it is necessary to change or cancel their holiday arrangements in light of the NaTHNaC advice request that their GP provides them with medical certificate in order to assist with them with any possible insurance claim.
This new health advice from NaTHNaC highlights just how important it is to both check Foreign Office travel advice and purchase travel insurance which covers your holiday arrangements from the moment you have booked your travel arrangements.
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the latest travel advice.
Zika Viurus Travel News (Updated 31 January 2016)
As a responsible travel company we will never send you anywhere in the world that has a genuine health risk, but unfortunately have to adhere to FCO advice which, most of the time, can be a ‘knee jerk’ reaction to news in the western world’s media. IF the FCO state that a country or region is not safe to travel, then if you do go your travel insurance is invalid (but you can still travel under your own will if you want to!).
Please read this article if you have been worried about travelling to Latin America and the Caribbean following the ‘world wide panic’ portrayed by the media about Zika virus. …. What They Are Not Telling You!
But the warning against travel because of the Zika virus are mostly unfounded and, like other ‘epidemics’ in the past will be fast forgotten next time something else takes over the news headlines!
In fact, the only people who are sadly suffering are some pregnant women in Brazil and did you know that Zika virus is probably NOT the cause of their problems?
Did you know that Zika has been around since the 1940s and only 1 in 5 people catching it show any symptoms at all and if they do, it’s a non harmful mild flu?
Read this interesting article which highlights the truth behind the scaremongering of the press … What They Are Not Telling You!
Travel News – ZIKA Virus update via ATTA: 26 January 2016