June 1, 2016
The rapid spread of the Zika virus has put the brakes on beach travel plans for many vacationers. Fears about contracting the mosquito-borne illness, which usually causes mild symptoms but can lead to serious birth defects in pregnant women, have caused nervous travelers to reschedule honeymoons, babymoons, and beach vacations to affected areas in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, and Pacific Islands.
Currently, the United States has no reported cases of locally transmitted Zika, which means you can lounge on American beaches worry-free — at least for now. But as many as 2 million pregnant women in the U.S. could be at risk of contracting the virus this summer, warns the Center for American Progress, when the mosquitoes that carry the virus become more common in some parts of the country. Read more here.