4 more places added to US travel alert on Zika

Author: Associated Press
Published: Updated:
James Gathany / CDC / MGN

GENEVA (AP) – A U.S. travel alert has been issued for four more destinations because of the Zika virus.

Health officials on Monday added American Samoa, Costa Rica, Curacao (koor-uh-SOW’) and Nicaragua to the list of places with outbreaks where travelers should take precautions against the mosquito-borne virus.

Because of mounting evidence linking Zika infections to a birth defect, the government recommends that pregnant women consider postponing trips to places on the list.

Previously on the alert list in Latin America: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname and Venezuela. In the Caribbean: Barbados, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, St. Martin, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. Also: Cape Verde islands, off coast of western Africa; and Samoa in South Pacific.

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