Remember the travel bans for pregnant women that were put in place when the Zika outbreak was putting those women and their unborn babies at risk? Well, we have some good news for you: the dreaded Zika virus is fading away, so the threat has been reduced, and those travel bans for pregnant women are finally decreasing.
Continue reading for more information on this important topic, especially if you are planning to travel in the near future.
The History of the Zika Virus and the Travel Bans
Back in 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that the Zika virus was a global health emergency, according to The Washington Post. At that time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also issued statements warning pregnant women, and women who might become pregnant, about the dangers of Zika. Those women were told that they shouldn’t travel to various regions and countries in order to avoid the virus and the birth defects that it might cause.
Recent Updates to Travel Bans for Pregnant Women
It’s been a few years since the terrible Zika outbreak, and now the CDC has chosen to downgrade the warning because the rate at which the virus is infecting people is decreasing. As a result, travel is less restrictive than it used to be.
The important thing to note is that, despite the good news about travel bans for women who are pregnant being less restrictive, the Zika virus is still out there, so there is some level of risk in certain parts of the world. If you are planning on traveling abroad and you’re pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, it is smart to chat with your doctor first to find out if it would be safe for you to do so. So, while this is definitely good news, caution is still certainly advised.