CDC Warns Pregnant Women To Delay Travel To 14 Countries Amid Zika Virus Fears

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel alert on Friday advising pregnant women to avoid travel to 14 countries in the Americas to avoid the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne virus linked to brain damage in babies.

The Zika virus’ local transmission – meaning mosquitoes in the area have been infected with the virus and are transmitting  it to humans – has been detected in 14 countries and territories. The CDC advisory covers the following countries:

Brazil
Colombia
El Salvador
French Guiana
Guatemala
Haiti
Honduras
Martinique
Mexico
Panama
Paraguay
Puerto Rico
Suriname
Venezuela
In its travel advisory, CDC highlighted the need for an “abundance of caution” among pregnant women and those planning to conceive.

“Pregnant women in any trimester should consider postponing travel to the areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. Pregnant women who must travel to one of these areas should talk to their doctor or other healthcare provider first and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip,” the statement noted.

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