9 Zika-free destinations around the world if you're planning a vacation this year
- Zika, the mosquito-born virus that causes birth defects, is still an issue in 2018.
- Zika is prevalent in tropical climates, but some warm locations are safe to visit this year for those worried about the risk of Zika.
- Zika-free destinations can be found in parts of Africa and all over Europe, according to the CDC.
The last thing you want to bring back home from a vacation is a serious infection.
Zika has found its way to many destinations, and the CDC keeps track of where the infection has spread.Cases of the mosquito-born virus have been reported from Texas to Brazil to India. Zika occurs in mostly hot climates, but there are Zika-free destinations with beaches and high temperatures.
While fears over the global health emergency have dissipated since the peak Zika period of summer 2016, it is still worthwhile to exercise caution with the disease when planning a vacation. Zika is especially dangerous for women who are pregnant, nursing, or may become pregnant, as it can cause birth defects.
When in doubt, double check with the CDC for the most up-to-date list of countries that have reported Zika cases. If you want to take a vacation where Zika hasn't spread, check out these nine Zika-free destinations for 2018.