Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Zika Virus

United States Embassy Dakar, Senegal

Security Message for U.S. Citizens Zika Virus

March 13, 2017


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued Travel Guidance for Guinea

Bissau regarding the risk of Zika virus infection. Women who are pregnant or planning to

become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their medical provider and consider

postponing nonessential travel to Guinea Bissau. Men whose partners are pregnant or are

considering pregnancy should talk to their medical provider about CDC’s recommendations on

how to avoid sexual transmission of Zika infection to their partners.


The CDC has concluded that the Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal

brain defects in some fetuses and babies born to some infected mothers. Zika virus is typically

transmitted by the day biting Aedes aegypti mosquito, 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.


For general information and the latest updates about Zika and steps to prevent mosquito bites and

sexual exposure to the virus, please visit the CDC website.


For further information:

Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Senegal Specific Information.

security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Dakar, located at 49 Route des Almadies

+221 33 879 4000, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday

and 8:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number

for U.S. citizens is +221 33 879 4000, or +221 33 879 4444.

  • 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).