Tag Archives: Zika Virus

Zika Virus: Travel Warning

zika-virus-mosquit_3561555kNews about the Zika Virus hit major press outlets this week after WHO officials warned Thursday Zika is “spreading explosively” in the Americas. It is estimated to have infected 3-4 million people in the Western Hemisphere in the last 12 months. Some are wondering what all the fuss is about and whether it should impact their mission trip plans.

We recommend concerned travelers contact their physician or travel clinic with specific questions. The CDC has issued travel warnings urging pregnant women and those who are trying to become pregnant to avoid or delay travel to a growing list of countries in Latin America and The Caribbean.

zika-virus-baby-ki_3561556kZika is an especially concerning viral infection for pregnant women because studies have linked it to a dramatic rise in cases of microcephaly (small head) a birth defect thought to occur in babies exposed to Zika while in the womb.