The CDC is considering a travel warning for countries where Zika virus is circulating. It appears that Zika may be causing a birth defect called microcephaly: babies born with small heads and severe brain damage.
This virus poses a serious threat to travelers to countries where the virus is spreading, including much of Latin America and the Caribbean.
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Countries that have past or current evidence of Zika virus transmission (as of January 2016)
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Central African Republic
- Cote d’Ivoire
- Sierra Leone*
- Brazil Colombia
- El Salvador
- French Guyana
- Puerto Rico
- Cook Islands
- Easter Island
- Federated States of Micronesia
- French Polynesia
- New Caledonia
- Solomon Islands
- For these countries, the only evidence of Zika virus transmission is from studies that detected Zika virus antibodies in healthy people. These studies cannot determine where the people were infected or if they were infected with Zika virus because the antibodies may have resulted from infections with other closely related viruses, such as dengue virus.
Read details and view a current map of where the disease is spreading on CDC.org/zika.