Zika Now In Fiji
In what could represent a major blow to tourism in the region, the US Centers for Disease Control have, this week, issued a level 2 warning that mosquitoes in Fiji have been found to be infected with Zika virus and have transmitted the infection to humans.
Because of the strong link between Zika virus infection and severe birth defects, the CDC is strongly advising against women who are pregnant or who are even planning on becoming pregnant travelling to the area.
And as the virus can also be transmitted through sex, the advice for pregnant women whose partner has travelled to Fiji is to use condoms or refrain from sex for the duration of the pregnancy.
The warning also signals an alert for Australian doctors to consider Zika virus in patients who present with symptoms such as fever, rash and headache ...
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [Internet]. Atlanta, Georgia. CDC. Zika Travel Information; 2019 Oct 21; [about 4 screens]. Available from: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-information