External Advisory: Zika Virus

12th September 2016

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World Challenge continues to closely monitor outbreaks of the Zika virus.


Based on the advice of the World Health Organisation, government travel information and our own contracted medical professionals, we deem that the risk to future teams continues to be low.  Whilst there is currently no vaccination for Zika, the best form of prevention is protection against mosquito bites.  Basic precautions are effective in lowering the level of risk.  These include:


  • Wearing long sleeves and pants. Where possible these should be treated with permethrin.
  • Using DEET based mosquito repellent all day, especially in urban areas.
  • Sleeping under a mosquito net.  Where possible this should be treated with permethrin.


Participants due to travel to areas currently affected by Zika virus who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should seek further medical advice from their healthcare provider before travel and continue to liaise with us directly.  It should be noted that the most recent guidance from the World Health Organisation suggests implications for family planning may persist for up to 6 months after return from an affected area.


Safety is a top priority for World Challenge. Over the last 28 years we’ve worked hard to develop an excellent reputation for our approach to safety and how we operate in over 40 destinations around the world.