Zika Virus in Cuba

by Wayne Ghesquiere on April 20, 2016

Zika Travel Health update:

Since March 19th 2016 local transmission has occurred in Cuba.  Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area of acquired Zika and are transmitting it to humans.

Travellers to Cuba are advised to use insect precautions while abroad.  Seek travel health advice a minimum of 4-6 weeks before departure to stay up to date on risks and prevention methods for Zika and other travel related illnesses.   Zika virus can also be spread through sexual transmission.  Zika has been linked to a serious birth defect of the brain.

BC Guidelines have been update to include recommendations for Male travelers.   Male travelers returning from a Zika risk area are recommended to practice safe sex (condom use) or abstain from sexual activity with pregnant partners for the duration of pregnancy.   It is also recommended to delay conception and continue use of condoms with female partners of childbearing age for 6 months after returning from a Zika risk area.

Reported Zika Transmission has occurred in the following countries: from CDC report as of March 2016

Americas
  • Aruba
  • Barbados
  • Bolivia
  • Bonaire
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, US territory
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • French Guiana
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Martinique
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Sint Maarten
  • Suriname
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Venezuela
Oceania/Pacific Islands
  • American Samoa
  • Fiji
  • Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia
  • Marshall Islands
  • New Caledonia
  • Samoa
  • Tonga
Africa
  • Cape Verde

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