CDC says pregnant women can travel to Zika areas if they stay above 6,500 feet
March 11, 2016 - Uncategorized
U.S. health officials have come up with an exception to their travel warnings for the Zika virus: altitude.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the mosquito that spreads the Zika virus is rare above 6,500 feet (2,000 meters). Therefore, it is OK for pregnant women to travel to destinations at high elevations like Mexico City.
But the updates will not make a big difference in most affected countries.
The CDC has advised pregnant women to avoid travel to a total of 37 countries and territories because the Zika virus is the suspected cause of a surge of birth defects in Brazil. Read more…