Government Affairs USVI and Dominican Republic added to Zika travel alert By Michelle Baran / January 27, 2016 Share 1 -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday added the U.S. Virgin Islands and Dominican Republic to its Zika travel alert, bringing to 24 the number of destinations in the Caribbean, Central and South America impacted by the virus. The CDC has a travel alert in place recommending that pregnant women consider postponing travel to destinations where there has been Zika virus transmission, including Puerto Rico, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, Barbados, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guadeloupe, St. Martin, Guyana, Cape Verde and Samoa. The alert followed reports out of Brazil of incomplete brain development (microcephaly) in babies of mothers who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant.The Zika virus is spread by mosquitoes, so the CDC recommends that travelers protect against mosquito bites. Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent Zika and there is no known medicine to treat it. Four in five people who acquire Zika may have no symptoms, and if they do the most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (pink eye), lasting from several days to a week with hospitalization being uncommon, according to the CDC.The agency also reported that it is examining a possible link between Zika and Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), a rare disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the nerves eventually paralyzing the entire body. GBS has been reported in patients with probable Zika virus infection in French Polynesia and Brazil, the CDC reported.