Update: Reuters is reporting that United is now allowing full refunds or postponements of trips booked to regions affected by Zika.
Commenter “CLE rocks” also shares that Frontier refunded his Cleveland-Cancun ticket after he sent in a note from a Doctor that his pregnant wife should not travel to Cancun.
Have you been able to get a refund for your travel?
Originally posted on 1/21:
Zika is a terrifying disease that made its way from the depths of Africa to Brazil, likely around the time of the World Cup that was hosted there. It’s spread via mosquito bites. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
Since then over 1,000,000 Brazilians have become infected and nearly 4,000 babies have been born with microcephaly, causing death or an abnormally small head and brain size for the infant along with developmental issues.
More than a dozen pregnant US women who traveled to affected locations have tested positive for Zika and a baby was born in Hawaii with microcephaly after the mother contracted Zika in Brazil. However nobody has been infected with Zika in the 50 US states yet, local cases have all been women who have traveled other places.
Last Friday the CDC warned pregnant women to postpone travel to areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing and that women trying to become pregnant should talk to their doctor about going, and if they do go, to take strict precaution to avoid mosquito bites.
The CDC says that Zika does not pose a risk of birth defects for future pregnancies. Zika usually remains in the blood of an infected person for a few days to a week and virus will not cause infections in a baby that is conceived after the virus is cleared from the blood.
According to the CDC, Zika has been transmitted by mosquitoes in the following locations:
Other countries in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America are likely affected as well.
Of course the big question is will Zika spreading mosquitoes find their way to friendly climates like Florida or Hawaii soon?
Will Zika affect your travel plans? Were you planning to travel to Puerto Rico or Mexico and are now having second thoughts?