Will pregnant Meghan Markle still go to countries with Zika virus warnings?
Should she go to Fiji and Tonga?
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CELEBRITY British royal family
Congratulations to the British royal family! Just following Princess Eugenies wedding, Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle has officially announced her pregnancy.
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019. pic.twitter.com/Ut9C0RagLk— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) 15 October 2018
While everyone is ecstatic about the new addition to the family, Markle's pregnancy does mean she needs to take further caution and consideration in her upcoming travels.
On their royal tour, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to visit Fiji and Tonga after heading to Australia. Even though there have been warnings about Zika virus transmission, pregnant Meghan Markle will still go forward with her plans, according to a royal correspondent.
A spokesman said there is no change to their programme in Fiji and Tonga next week despite FCO advice that pregnant women should not travel to the region because of its moderate zika risk.— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) 15 October 2018
They said they had sought medical and advice and decided to go ahead with their plans.
The Zika virus is primarily transmitted through mosquito bites and is especially dangerous for pregnant women. If infected, the virus can cause microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects.
There are currently no vaccines that cure or prevent the Zika virus.
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