US Issues New Travel Warning For St Vincent

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control, (CDC), has updated its travel warnings on 22 Caribbean nations stating that the zika virus has been reported in these nations again this summer.

St Vincent and the Grenadines are among those countries the travel notices were reinstituted against on August 7thwith the CDC listing the countries alert status as level two, meaning travellers should “practice enhanced precautions” if travelling there.

The warnings for all of the 22 Caribbean nations state that the “Zika virus (or Zika) has been reported” there and that “public health officials have reported that mosquitoes in (the countries) are infected with Zika and spreading it to people.”

Pregnant women are especially being warned not to travel to these countries because Zika infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects.

Many people infected with the Zika virus, however, do not get sick or only have mild symptoms. But because there is no vaccine or medicine for Zika, travellers should take steps to prevent getting Zika during travel. They should also take steps to prevent spreading it when they return home.

Other countries include.

1: Aruba

2: Barbados

3: Bonaire

4: Curacao

5: Saint Martin

6: Saint Maarten

7: Trinidad & Tobago

8: Belize

9: Dominica

10: Saint Lucia

11: Grenada

12: Anguilla

13: Saint Eustatius

14: Saba

15: Antigua and Barbuda

16: Turks & Caicos

17: The British Virgin Islands

18: Saint Kitts and Nevis

19: Montserrat

20: Cuba

21: U.S. Virgin Islands