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by Loren G. Edelstein | August 24, 2016

Per a CDC advisory issued on Tuesday, local mosquito transmission of Zika virus infection has been reported on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas (which includes the city of Nassau). Local mosquito transmission means that mosquitoes in the area are infected with the Zika virus and are spreading it to people. Because the Zika virus is primarily spread by mosquitoes, the CDC recommends that travelers to the Bahamas protect themselves from bites.

Women who are pregnant are advised not to travel to the Bahamas. Per the CDC advisory: If you must travel, talk to your doctor first and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during your trip. If you have a partner who lives in or has traveled to the Bahamas, either use condoms (or other barriers to prevent infection) or do not have sex during your pregnancy.

For women who are trying to become pregnant: Before you or your partner travel, talk to your doctor about your plans to become pregnant and the risk of being infected. See CDC guidance for how long you should wait to get pregnant after travel to the Bahamas. You and your partner should strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites.

People who have traveled to the Bahamas and have a pregnant partner should use condoms or not have sex during the pregnancy. Sexual transmission of Zika virus also is possible, so travelers are encouraged to use condoms (or other barriers to prevent infection) or not have sex.