Australians are being warned not to travel to these destinations

Australian travellers are being urged to reconsider their holiday plans after the outbreak of the Zika virus. The virus has
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Australian travellers are being urged to reconsider their holiday plans after the outbreak of the Zika virus. The virus has already affected thousands of people throughout South America and is spreading across the world having already made it to 22 countries.

Common symptoms of the virus are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis and while anyone can catch it, it is especially dangerous for pregnant women. In Brazil alone, where the virus is particularly rampant, almost 4000 babies have been born with defects due to the virus.

A number of Australians have already contracted the virus, but it is not yet known if Australian mosquitos are now carrying it, too.

The World Health Organisation is predicting the virus will quickly spread across the world and is warning travellers to take caution.

While the virus has been mainly centred in Brazil so far, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) upgraded its warning over the weekend, adding Barbados, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin, Guyana, Cape Verde and Samoa to the list of countries to be careful when travelling to.

Last week, the CDC urged travellers to postpone visits to Puerto Rico, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Suriname.

The Zika outbreak is a huge worry for many tourists who have already booked tickets to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics, which will be held in August this year. Brazil is reportedly scrambling to eradicate the virus before the influx of tourists and athletes arrive for the games.

The virus is the latest major health crisis plaguing the planet following the deadly outbreak of Ebola in 2014 and SARS in 2003.

Have your holiday plans been affected by this travel warning? Will you think twice before heading to one of these countries?

  1. Scary stuff. With the ease of world travel these days I don’t think it matters too much if you go to these places or not. If I was booked I would still go but take a lot of insect repellent.

  2. It is better to avoid anywhere that has disease, it is a big world, visit somewhere else

  3. I saw this on the news last night, if you get this virus, it is not safe for a couple of years for you have a child, babies are being born with birth defects, go somewhere safer

  4. Safest cleanest place is Australia. Many Islands to stay & great resorts if you want that kind is thing, just save a little more money, it is all relevant.

  5. I wasn’t planning to go there but I thought the only real danger was to pregnant women. I am definitely in no danger of that occurring. I definitely would advise young women who are either pregnant or likely to fall pregnant not to go. It would be great if North Queenslanders or those about to visit North Queensland on their return from South America not go either, but I guess you can’t guard against infected foreign visitors travelling to NQ. The local NQ mossies so far are the only Australian species identified that can carry the virus.

  6. The cruise I will be on in March docks at a couple of those areas, so I’ll have the choice of staying on board or not. Fat chance of that!

    • “While the virus has been mainly centred in Brazil so far, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) upgraded its warning over the weekend, adding Barbados, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin, Guyana, Cape Verde and Samoa to the list of countries to be careful when travelling to.”

      Last week, the CDC urged travellers to postpone visits to Puerto Rico, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Suriname.

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