Monday, August 1, 2016

The British government issues Florida travel warning over Zika virus

Posted By on Mon, Aug 1, 2016 at 11:02 AM

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Due to the Zika virus, British health officials are warning its citizens about traveling to Florida. 

The warning, which mostly focuses on pregnant women, was posted to Travel Health Pro, a website run by the UK government's National Travel Health Network & Center.

From Travel Health Pro:  
The risk in Florida is considered moderate based on the number and spread of cases and their demonstrated ability to implement effective control measures for similar diseases such as dengue – a virus transmitted by the same mosquito. Pregnant women should consider postponing non-essential travel to affected areas until after the pregnancy. At present, only a zone of about 1 square mile in Miami-Dade County is considered at risk of active transmission. 

The notice comes after Florida officials confirmed four non-travel-related local cases of Zika. The cases were most likely transmitted by a mosquito bite in an area north of downtown Miami. 

The official warning also tells tourists to refrain from unprotected sex due to a number of Zika cases that were transferred sexually. 

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