Zika Virus Infection in Bahamas
18 Aug 2016
On 11 August 2016, the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) updated the Bahamas on the list of countries or territories with reported confirmed cases of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection.
For the purpose of advising travellers the Bahamas have 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.
- 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:
- Consider postponing 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.