CDC Approves Travel to High-Elevation Areas in Zika-Hit Countries

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have altered its travel warnings to pregnant women traveling to countries with confirmed Zika virus outbreaks. The CDC says pregnant women may travel to countries with higher elevations.

The CDC found the mosquito that spreads the Zika virus is not found in elevations above 6,500 feet due to humidity and other elevation-related conditions.

Following the CDC’s initial warnings in January, Zika has been found across Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as South America. Tourism has dropped following the warnings, leading the CDC to create a clearer warning to specify areas above 6,500 feet safer for travel. Areas with higher altitudes include Mexico City, Bogota, Colombia and La Paz, Bolivia.

The CDC warnings for pregnant women to avoid travel to Zika-infested areas below 6,500 feet remain for three dozen countries.

–Lissa Poirot

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