Information about ZIKA Virus

General Information

According to WHO since the beginning of 2014 a total of 33 countries have reported autochthonous circulation of Zika virus, in North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Feb 1, 2016, WHO declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) due primarily to “the clusters of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) that have been temporally associated with Zika virus transmission in some settings,” a hypothesis that has not yet been proven scientifically. As of today, WHO declares that “there should be no restrictions on travel or trade with countries, areas and/or territories with Zika virus transmission.”

Zika virus is caused by a virus which is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. The symptoms are rather harmless with most of those affected going unnoticed. Although rare,  some people infected with the virus  may experience symptoms such as fever, headache, conjunctivitis (pink eye) or rash, along with joint and muscle pain. The illness is typically mild and lasts only a few days. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon. Four out of five people infected will not experience any symptoms.
Local authorities advise passengers to avoid mosquito bites by wearing appropriate clothing and applying recommended repellent while visiting external areas.  Zika is not contagious and therefore, cannot be transmitted through the air, food, or water. There were reported rare potential occurrences of sexual transmission and/or transmission through blood transfusions.

However, pregnant women and passengers with low immunity should avoid to travel to infected areas!

Useful Links:

CDC ι WHO - Fact Sheet ι WHO - situation reports

For further specific and updated information in each "SAT destination" please contact the local SAT Manager, the information changes frequently.

South American Tours is not responsible for any medical advises or vaccination regulations. Please refer to your local official authorities in charge of travel advisory.

updated Aug 03, 2016