Keep Calm and Wear Repellent: Why the Zika Virus Shouldn’t Derail Your Travel Plans (Unless You’re Pregnant)
Anyone considering travel to the equatorial regions of the Americas has in recent weeks undoubtedly been advised of the appearance of an unwelcome new addition to the litany of potential health threats in the region—the Zika virus.
The headlines are indeed alarming at first glance. After reaching the Americas only last year, confirmed cases of people infected with the virus have been reported in more than 20 countries and health authorities say it is only a matter of time before it spreads everywhere in the hemisphere.
Pregnant travelers are being advised to avoid the region, and women in El Salvador, Colombia, and Brazil and are being advised to avoid getting pregnant until public health authorities can get a handle on things. There are even reports of a rise in cases of a rare nerve disorder known as Guillain-Barré in tandem with cases of Zika, but investigators have yet to nail down any