Four new cases of the Zika virus were announced last week in Florida leading to a warning being given out to pregnant travellers.
Pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy have been advised to postpone or cancel any trips planned to Florida due to the new domestic cases in the state. These are the first caught from mosquitoes in the US, rather than from overseas travel.
Public Health England has updated the risk level in Florida to ‘moderate’ and the Government’s National Travel Health Network and Centre has advised pregnant women to consider postponing non-essential trips to Florida.
In addition, to keep containment high from spreading, people are being warned to use condoms and not to have unprotected sex during the trip and for eight weeks afterwards, even if they show no symptoms.
In adults, the symptoms shown from Zika are a mild fever, joint pain and rash. But pregnant women can pass the virus on to babies, who can be born with microcephaly.
Fifty three people have tested positive for the virus in Britain after visiting infected countries since the outbreak began in May last year, including three new cases in Yorkshire last week.
If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy with plans to travel to Florida, don’t fret as Thomas Cook, Thomson, First Choice and BA are allowing pregnant women who have booked trips to Florida to change their destination for free. Virgin Holidays has said it will give full refunds.