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Zika virus

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Zika virus


I'm little bit worried about mosquitoes with Zika virus reaching the maldives. Has anyone been bitten and had Zika virus from their stay on Kuramathi?

Many thanks

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1. Re: Zika virus

Zika is a risk throughout The Maldives; the risk is not isolated to any atoll or island, but throughout the country.

Current UK government advice is that The Maldives " is considered to have a moderate risk of Zika virus transmission. Pregnant women should consider postponing non-essential travel until after the pregnancy. Details of specific affected areas within this country are not available"

This advice is echoed in "Health Information for traveller to the Maldives" from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US, which I've linked to below.

Zika infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects. Therefore, pregnant women should not travel to Maldives. Partners of pregnant women and couples planning pregnancy should know the possible risks to pregnancy and take preventive steps"


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2. Re: Zika virus

Visitor538, these threads are a little bit tricky IMO, because even if no-one comes back and says, 'yes, that happened to me' (which, TBH, is probably what will happen), that has very little or no bearing on whether or not there is a risk to yourself.

It's a tough question when you may be talking about a once in a lifetime dream holiday...but I know what I would (wouldn't, actually) do if it were me and I was pregnant or trying to conceive...

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3. Re: Zika virus

I am currently in the Maldives and I’ve only been here for less than 36 hours and I’ve been bitten over 7 times. I feel like the risk of being bitten is higher if you’re staying in a beach villa. Whenever I’ve stayed in a water villa I’ve either never been bitten or only been bitten once.

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4. Re: Zika virus

Thank you

We're staying in a water villa. So excited it's for our honeymoon which we had to postpone last year. How's the temperature?

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5. Re: Zika virus

Hi Visitor538

I have just answered a very similar question and if you don't mind I will give you the same answer to save me re-typing it.

By the way I totally agree with 123member123 comments.

I found a link on the UK Government Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for “Travel Health Pro” at this link https:/…Other_risks There is a lot of information including prevention on this site so I will not add any of my advice as I am not a specialist on this serious subject.

A lot of the Resorts control the mosquitoes by regularly spraying/fumigating the island, I can’t personally confirm this but you could always email them for details.

I have read reviews on other Island where they fog the Island but it has not been as effective if it rains after treatment, We went to Baros last September and they fogged the Island a few times and although it stayed dry my Wife who is susceptible to them did get a couple of bites but luckily she didn't react too badly to them.

If you are susceptible to them I would take some mosquito spray with you to be on the safe side. You may find that the Resort shop will stock it but if you are like my Wife she prefers a specific brand she know works for her.

You could also buy a travel mosquito net to hang over the bed or if you want to sit outside your Villa at night, when we travelled in Malaysia & Borneo we always took one but make sure you also take drawing pins and plenty of string in case there is nothing to support it.

Another good bit of advice is to cover exposed skin if you go out in the evenings when they are most prevalent.

Hope this helps. I would say try not to worry but what would I know I’m a man.

Best Wishes and have a great holiday.

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6. Re: Zika virus

By all accounts Zika presents little risk to healthy Adults. So unless you’re pregnant or planning to conceive within 6 months of the trip, Zika should concern you no more (if not less) then Dengue for example.

If you are pregnant or planning to conceive within 6 months of travel I’d suggest you consult your GP. Zika does pose a risk to the foetus and it can be carried by men for up to 6 months after exposure and transmission through semen is documented. There’s also supposition that Zika may affect the development of very young children, up to 6 months old.

Edited: 13 April 2018, 04:44
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