Last updated: 11:45 AM ET, Fri February 19 2016

CDC Adds Aruba and Bonaire to Zika Virus Travel Warning List

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | February 19, 2016

CDC Adds Aruba and Bonaire to Zika Virus Travel Warning List

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According to the Associated Press, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Thursday that Aruba and Bonaire were officially added to the list of areas impacted by the Zika virus.

With the addition of the two latest destinations, there are now around 30 total areas affected by the outbreak, with most being confined to the Caribbean and Latin America. The CDC is cautioning pregnant women against traveling to any of the areas on the list, as the Zika virus has been found to cause a rare birth defect in newborns.

As for women who are trying to get pregnant or thinking about it, the CDC suggests reaching out to your personal physician to explore the options and the risks associated with the mosquito-borne illness.

For travel agents concerned about how the Zika virus is impacting business, TravelPulse’s Lisa Iannucci has a full breakdown of the illness and how it has temporarily changed the travel industry.

For more information about the Zika virus or the areas affected by the outbreak, check out the CDC’s official website.


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