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HOLIDAY NO-GO ZONES Zika map reveals the countries where tourists are still at risk of contracting virus

Those who are pregnant or trying for a baby are still being warned against travelling to 79 countries where Zika has spread.

Zika Map of affected countries and categories thereof.

 

LAST year, the Zika virus dominated world headlines, with holidaymakers watching with concern as more and more countries reported cases of contamination.

But while less has been heard about the virus this year, Brits who are pregnant or trying for a baby are still being warned against travelling to 79 countries where it has spread.

This advice is based on the increased risk of microcephaly and other congenital malformations in babies born to pregnant women infected with Zika virus, which is mainly spread through mosquitoes.

Microcephaly is a condition which causes a baby to either be born with a small head or have a head that stops growing after birth.

In line with advice from the World Health Organisation, Sun Online has published a map showing which countries are still hazardous to travel to.

The World Health Organisation is advising pregnant women not to travel to Zika-affected areas that they have classed in categories 1 and 2.

Category 1 is a country with new introduction of Zika virus since 2015, or where the virus has been re-introduced, with ongoing transmission.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is the main cause of the spread of Zika

 

Category 2 is an area either with evidence of virus circulation before 2015 or with ongoing transmission of the virus that is no longer in the new or re-introduction phase, but where there is no evidence of interruption.

Category 3 is an area with interrupted transmission and with potential for future transmission.

The minimum timeline for determining an ‘interruption’ is 12 months after the last confirmed case, and no cases identified in travellers.

There are also countries that are classed as category 4, where the Aedes aegypti mosquito that spreads the disease exists, but there has been no reported transmission of the virus.

Popular holiday destinations among Brits that continue to be classified among the 61 Category 1 countries include: Antigua , the Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Mexico, Singapore, the Maldives and the Florida and Texas areas of the United States.

Popular holiday destinations that continue to be classified among the 60 category 1 countries include Antigua, the Bahamas, Barbados, Mexico, Singapore (pictured) and the Maldives

 

Popular holiday destinations that continue to be classified among the 60 Category 2 countries include: Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Countries that are classified among the five Category 3 countries include Isla De Pascua in Chile, the Cook Islands and French Polynesia.

Popular holiday destinations among Brits that are classified as Category 4 include countries like Australia, Turkey, Mauritius, and Egypt.

To find out more about which countries are classified as Zika categories, go to the WHO website.

To find out more about Zika read our article on the virus.

HOLIDAY NO-GO ZONES Zika map reveals the countries where tourists are still at risk of contracting virus