[Question #3369] Zika in CUBA

36 months ago
Dear expert,

Would you consider travelling to CUBA for two weeks for a pregnant women an acceptable risk in terms of Zika?
Any scientific data on percentage of chance of attracting Zika by Mosquito bite while in CUBA during two weeks? (Taken all normal precautions)

Perhaps not really a true  STI question, but thought you may have some data as Zika can also be sexually transmitted.

Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
36 months ago
Welcome to our forum.  Actually, we do consider Zika to be an STI.  I'll be pleased to answer your questions.

Zika virus is known to be present in Cuba.  In November 2017 the CDC upgraded its assessment of Zika risk in Cuba from moderate to high.  The U.S. CDC recommends:
1. That pregnant women not travel to Cuba.
2.  That women planning to become pregnant do not become pregnant for at least two months after their return from a Sika virus affected country.
3.  That women planning to become pregnant do not be impregnated by a man who has traveled to a Zika-endemic area for at least 6 months after his return from the area (Zika stays in the male genital tract longer than in the female genital tract).

Risk for infection, of course, varies from location to location and depending on the levels and amounts of exposure.  Since most highly effective insect repellants are also not recommended for use in pregnancy, travel is a risk. 

I hope this information is helpful to you. EWH