The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added the Bahamas to its list of locations where Zika virus is being locally transmitted.
According to the CDC, local transmission was reported on the island of New Providence, where the capital city, Nassau, is located.
Travelers are encouraged to practice enhanced precautions -- like wearing long sleeves and pants, and using insect repellent -- to avoid mosquito bites when traveling to any area where local transmission has been reported, including the Bahamas. As Zika can also be transmitted sexually, the CDC advises travelers to use condoms or abstain from sex.
Women who are pregnant are advised not to visit any locations where Zika is being locally transmitted because the virus has been linked with serious birth defects. Women who are trying to become pregnant are encouraged to speak with their doctor before traveling anywhere where the virus is being locally transmitted.
For a full list of countries where Zika has been actively transmitted, visit the CDC's website.