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Zika Virus Infection in Turks and Caicos

01 Aug 2016

On 28 July 2016, World Health Organisation updated Turks and Caicos n the list of countries or territories with reported confirmed cases of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection.

Advice to Travellers

All Travellers

  • Mosquito bite avoidance is strongly recommended.
  • Advised to seek travel advice from a healthcare provider at least 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, but particularly important if pregnant or planning pregnancy.
  • Strongly advised to obtain adequate travel insurance – pregnant women should check with their travel insurance company that they 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:

  • Consider postponing non-essential travel to the affected areas until after pregnancy.
  • On return, early obstetric review is recommended even if well.
  • More detailed advice can be found here