Will Zika Impact Medical Travel to Latin America?

By now, we have all heard about the Zika outbreak in Brazil that has led to many children being born with microcephaly, a disease that causes the baby to be born with a small head and brain.

But with the World Health Organization’s announcement that it is a global health emergency, and that several cases have been found throughout other Western hemisphere countries and the US, one through sexual contact in Texas, the medical travel industry needs to be concerned that they prepare their patients to deal with the possibility of infection.

In addition, medical travel facilitators should work closely with the medical personnel in the target destination to guarantee that not only is the area free of the mosquitoes that carry the disease, but that the facilities are capable of handling an outbreak of Zika, especially if foreign patients are involved.

Medical travel facilitators should also take precautions to ascertain if patients are, or will become pregnant before going to any of these countries where Zika has been found.

An ounce or more of prevention will be worth a whole lot of cure.

 

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