Zika Virus

Mosquito sucking blood on a human hand

Zika virus has been reported in the Dutch Caribbean.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued travel notices for Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, and Sint Maarten regarding the Zika Virus.

There is evidence that Zika is linked to birth defects in the fetuses of infected pregnant women and Guillain-Barré syndrome in infected individuals of any age or gender. Zika is typically a mosquito-borne illness, but there are reports that the virus has been transmitted through sexual contact and blood transfusion.

We recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in the Dutch Caribbean (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, St. Maarten, Saba, and St. Eustatius) enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates and makes it easier for the U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.

For general information about Zika, visit the CDC website.  To obtain CDC travel notices, call the CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) from within the United States, or 1-404-639-3534 from overseas or visit the CDC website.