Effective from Friday 19th October 2018, WHO has removed Barbados as a Zika infected country. New data from CARPHA showed that the Caribbean region had shown no signs of Zika virus in over 12 months and therefore poses little or no threat to residents or visitors.
The outbreak of Zika virus in early 2016 was of great concern to us here at the clinic and the world spotlight was on countries where Zika virus had been reported. Our medical team worked tirelessly to ensure we had the latest up to date information for our patients and that patients undergoing IVF during this time were not put at any adverse risk.
The Zika virus was transmitted via a mosquito bite, which can be prevalent during the rainy season, so we are delighted that Barbados is no longer considered to be a country where you may get infected with Zika virus.
We do still advise our patients to take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites using repellants during dawn and dusk and to reapply frequently. Your well-being during your stay in Barbados is paramount and key to successful IVF treatment with us.
For more information on the CARPHA report that led to WHO making the decision to remove Barbados from the list of Zika infected countries, please click here.