Agencies warn travelers about viral outbreaks

NORTAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Concerns over the spread of the Zika virus are impacting travel plans. Pioneer Valley Travel in Northampton told 22News they are alerting their clients to both the Zika virus and the dengue fever outbreak in Hawaii.

The Zika virus is mainly spread by mosquitoes but it can also be spread through blood transfusions and sexual contact. The CDC has issued travel alerts for pregnant women in 30 countries. That’s because the virus has been linked to microcephaly, a condition where a baby can be born with a small head. Other symptoms include fever or rash, but only 1 in 5 show any symptoms at all.

Martha Borawski, President of Pioneer Valley Travel says they are communicating with their clients. “Especially if they are younger people who are going on their honeymoon, or a couple and they might be thinking about getting pregnant. We tell them that they shouldn’t go or they should get bug repellent.” She also said that “They should contact their medical doctor and they should also take out insurance.”

Insurance can allow you to cancel your trip for any reason, not just medical. The State of Florida recently reported on six new cases of the Zika virus on Thursday. A total of 54 people have been diagnosed in Florida.

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