In an effort to help travelers understand precisely where in Mexico cases of the Zika virus have been found — and that they are not in the country’s traditional resort areas — the Mexico Tourism Board on Friday released a map indicating where Zika has been reported. (In mid-April the map was updated; click here for the most recent map).


For a PDF version of this map, click here.

“All of the resort areas are Zika-free … the Zika problem is not throughout the country,” said Rodolfo Lopez Negrete, CEO of Mexico’s Tourism Board.

Negrete noted that there are currently 65 reported Zika cases in Mexico. Of those, 35 are in Chiapas, 21 in Oaxaca, four in Nueva Leon, and one each in Jalisco, Sinaloa, Guerrero, Veracruz and Yucatan.

In January, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised pregnant women to postpone travel to what is now more than 30 countries and territories in the Caribbean, Central and South America (including Mexico) where the agency has identified active transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The CDC issued an alert after reports emerged from Brazil of incomplete brain development (microcephaly) in babies of mothers who were infected with the Zika virus while pregnant.

Negrete noted that the Zika maps that have been released by the CDC simply show entire countries where there have been reported Zika cases, rather than pinpointing where Zika has been found within those countries.

The Mexico Tourism Board in a statement this week urged travelers that there is “no need to cancel vacation plans to Mexico’s top hot spots.” The agency quoted Pablo Kuri Morales, Mexico'a Undersecretary for Prevention and Health Promotion, who said that “the reality is Zika virus does not pose a massive risk to health in Mexico.”

The Mexico Tourism Board has said it would update the map if and when additional Zika cases are reported in Mexico.

“Our Mexico tourism partners continue to demonstrate their strength in addressing travelers concerns,” Jack Richards, president and CEO of Pleasant Holidays, said in a statement about Mexico’s response to the Zika virus outbreak. “It’s very clear they are committed to being very proactive to reduce the risk of Zika, especially in the primary beach destinations of Huatulco, Mazatlan, Vallarta-Nayarit, Ixtapa, Cancun, Riviera Maya and Los Cabos.”

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