US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adds T&T to travel advisories over Zika virus

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 20:00

The United States has added Trinidad and Tobago to the list of countries that warns potential travellers, and especially pregnant women, of risk of acquiring the Zika virus.

The US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made the announced in a statement.

It said: "CDC is working with other public health officials to monitor for ongoing Zika virus‎ transmission. Today, CDC added the following destinations to the Zika virus travel notices: Trinidad and Tobago and the Marshall Islands."

The latest warning comes as the agency has added more than 30 countries to the list of countries in the Americas, Caribbean and the Pacific.

The CDC also announced that it was investigating 14 new reports of sexual transmission of the Zika virus, which included several pregnant women.

The CDC is also recommending that travellers to Trinidad and Tobago and the rest of the Caribbean, use condoms when participating in sexual activity.

It says: "Because Zika virus is primarily spread by mosquitoes, CDC recommends that travelers to the Caribbean protect themselves from mosquito bites. Sexual transmission of Zika virus from a male partner is possible, so travelers are also encouraged to use condoms."

It adds that men who have traveled to an area with ongoing Zika transmission should consider using condoms consistently and correctly to protect their sexual partners.

It goes on to say that men who have a pregnant partner should abstain from sexual activity or consistently and correctly use condoms for the duration of the pregnancy.

At present, several countries including the United States are working to produce a vaccine for the Zika virus.