If you have had a baby in the last few months, you are probably ready for a fun summer getaway. And since it's hard to travel internationally with an infant in tow, staying within the United States is a good option. You might be concerned to travel because of the many U.S. states that have several confirmed cases of the Zika virus. How do you know if your baby will be at risk? Which U.S. destinations is your baby be most likely to encounter the Zika virus?
The most important thing to know is that none of the Zika cases within the United States have been acquired locally. Every patient was infected while traveling either to Latin America, the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands, or through sexual contact. The same, however, cannot be said about U.S. territories that have seen locally acquired cases of Zika. The next important fact is that most people infected by Zika recover quickly and with few symptoms. The big concern is for pregnant woman who get infected with Zika and are at great risk for delivering a child with microcephaly.
Taking these facts into consideration, you can decide if you still want to travel with your baby. The following are some U.S. destinations with the greatest chance for your family to be exposed to the Zika virus.