Cancel or go? That’s what a lot of families are asking themselves as the Zika virus continues to spread through the Caribbean, including Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica, among others — all popular spring break destinations for families, as well as their college students.”

Recently the Chicago Tribune* reported: “The good news, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only one in five people infected with Zika (primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito) will get sick. So far, those who have gotten sick in the U.S. were infected outside of the country, though it appears the virus can also be spread through sexual contact. And once you have Zika, you are unlikely to get it again. The bad news, as we all now know, however, is that ZIKA has been linked to devastating birth defects of the brain called microcephaly.

If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, the CDC recommends that you postpone travel to any area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. (For the latest information about Zika virus and travel, visit But what about the rest of us, especially kids?

At the moment, there is no evidence that Zika virus is serious in young children or older children, said Dr. H. Cody Meissner, a professor of pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases. To date, the CDC says, there are no reports of infants getting Zika virus through breastfeeding.

* to read the full Chicago Tribune article by Eileen Ohgintz, click on Taking the Kids — Zika virus and spring break

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