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A mosquito-borne infection that was first isolated in the Zika Forest of Uganda in 1947, the Zika virus was practically unheard of until the 2015 when an outbreak occurred in Brazil. The outbreak received a lot of publicity because of the coming 2016 World Olympics. Unlike other mosquito-born diseases such as malaria, dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, west Nile virus and Japanese encephalitis, there was little or no information about the Zika virus. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you can be bitten by the Zika or Aedes species mosquito at any time of the day or night, and there is no vaccine or medicine to combat the bite. Women who are pregnant or intend to be pregnant must be extra careful as Zika can cause birth defects. If you are concerned about Zika virus but would still like to enjoy a warm vacation, we recommend you check out the following Zika free destinations this winter:


Zika free: Cape Town, South Africa

It is summer in Cape Town, South Africa, during the winter season in the western hemisphere. You can enjoy a hiking, biking, hitting the beach, and visit its attractions including it world-famous wineries, without having to don winter clothing. It is also a Zika-free destination.


Zika free: Uruguay

One of the few places in South America that is Zika-free, Uruguay is where you can enjoy the sun, sea, and sand, without having to worry about Zika. If you would like to maximize your vacation and enjoy sunny days, the seaside town of La Pedrera is where you must be headed at.


Zika free: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Have you ever thought of traveling to Dubai, United Emirates? It might be a busy metropolis but it is a fascinating city with a number of attractions that are amazing such as the Burj Khalifa. Palm Islands, and the Mall of Emirates where you can shop till you drop. No Zika cases have been reported in the city.


Zika free: Seychelles

While it is generally cooler with some short bouts of heavy rainfall from November to March, the tiny nation of Seychelles is year-round destination, known for its glowing sunsets, lush forests, nature reserves and of course, white-sand beaches and turquois water. You can enjoy a Zika-free vacation in any of Seychelles’ islands.


Zika free: Mauritius

Zika-free Mauritius is an island nation located in the Indian Ocean. It is a blessed with a tropical climate, making it an ideal year-round destination. Its attractions include waterfalls, national parks, rainforests, pristine white beaches, and a number of outdoor and water activities.

LAST UPDATED: November 30

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