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Zika Virus Infection in USA (Florida) (Update)

08 Aug 2016

On 5 August 2016 the Florida Department of Health (FDoH) reported that they are investigating one new non-travel related ZIKV infection in Miami-Dade County bringing the total number of non-travel related cases of ZIKV infection in Florida to 16.

The FDoH still believes that active transmission is only taking place within an identified one-square mile area in Miami-Dade County. There are no areas of active transmission in Broward County. A map of the zone affected in Miami-Dade County can be accessed here.

For the purpose of advising travellers Miami-Dade County has been categorised as a High risk area while the State of Florida is considered Moderate risk .

Advice to Travellers

All Travellers

  • Mosquito bite avoidance is strongly recommended.
  • Seek travel advice from your healthcare provider at least 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, but particularly important if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy.
  • You are strongly advised to obtain adequate travel insurance – if pregnant, check with your travel insurance company that you are covered under the policy.
  • Advice on how to prevent sexual transmission of ZIKV should be followed.

Specific recommendations if you are pregnant

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 the baby has been born.
  • On return, early obstetric review is recommended even if well.
  • For more detailed advice look here.

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