Zika 2019: the confusing new travel advice, explained – Vox.com

Zika burst onto the world stage in 2015, the only known mosquito-borne virus that can cause severe birth defects. By the height of the epidemic the following year, when more than 200,000 people had been infected and some 3,000 babies experienced birth defects in Brazil, US health officials issued a first-of-its-kind travel advisory. Women of childbearing age, whether they were pregnant or wanted to be soon, were told not to travel to 68 countries where Zika had been circulating. Flights were canceled, itineraries changed, and the tourism industries in the affected places were hit hard. Three years on, the epidemic ...

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