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US contemplates ZIKV travel advisory for pregnant women travelling to some Caribbean countries

Published:Thursday | January 14, 2016 | 1:53 PM
Officials say it could be the first time the Atlanta, Georgia-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises pregnant women to avoid a specific region during an outbreak.

United States (US) federal health officials are debating whether to warn pregnant women against travel to the countries in the Caribbean, Latin American and Brazil where mosquitoes are spreading the Zika virus (ZIKV), which has been linked to brain damage in newborn babies.

Officials say it could be the first time the Atlanta, Georgia-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises pregnant women to avoid a specific region during an outbreak.

Some infectious disease specialists say while such a warning is warranted, it could have a devastating effect on travel and tourism.

A CDC spokesman says the agency hopes to make a final announcement either today or tomorrow.