Zika Virus Infection in St Kitts and Nevis
19 Sep 2016
The St Kitts and Nevis Ministry of Health has confirmed the first locally acquired cases of Zika virus infection (ZIKV). Three serum samples tested on 11 September 2016 were confirmed positive for ZIKV. These positive results are the Federation’s first confirmed cases of ZIKV in the local population.
For the purpose of advising travellers St Kitts and Nevis has been categorised as a High risk.
Advice to 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.
- 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:
- Postpone non-essential travel to High risk country/territory/areas.
- On return, early obstetric review is recommended even if well.
- For more detailed advice look here
- Zika Virus Infection
- Mosquito Bite Avoidance leaflet for travellers