The U.S. Embassy in Suva informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel notice for Fiji regarding the Zika virus. There is growing evidence that Zika virus infection during pregnancy is linked to a serious birth defect called microcephaly and other birth defects in fetuses and babies born to infected mothers. Zika may also be linked to Guillain-Barré syndrome, which can affect individuals of any age or sex. Zika virus is typically a mosquito-borne illness, but there have been confirmed cases of transmission through sexual contact and blood transfusion. CDC reports that travel to elevations higher than 2,000 m (6,500 ft) above sea level is considered to have minimal likelihood for mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission, even within countries reporting active transmission. CDC recommends that women who are pregnant should not travel to areas that are at elevations less than 2,000 m above sea level in countries with ongoing Zika virus transmission. For general information about Zika, please visit the CDC website.
For further information about the security situation in Fiji:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Fiji Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Suva, located at 158 Princes Road, Tamavua, Suva, Fiji, at +679 331 4466, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or email the American Citizens Services unit at firstname.lastname@example.org. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +679 772 8049.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).