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Zika Virus Infection in Cayman Islands

09 Aug 2016

The Cayman Islands Government have reported Cayman’s first locally transmitted case of Zika virus infection (ZIKV).

The case is a male that resides in George Town, he has no travel history to any of the countries where there is an outbreak, thus suggesting ZIKV was locally aquired.

For the purpose of advising travellers the Cayman Islands have been categorised as a High risk.

Advice for 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:

  • Postpone 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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