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Published on : Thursday, February 4, 2016
With the Zika virus becoming a prime concern for many staff members of U.S. flights, United (UAL) and Delta (DAL) two of the major airlines are allowing their staff to opt for flying to Latin America and the Caribbean.
Pregnant flight attendants are being given an option of flying to those countries that are most affected by the mosquito borne virus, linked with babies being born with small heads.
Both airlines have expressed that the safety of their employees is their primary concern and swapping places for more than two weeks is an alternative offered by Delta.
With the WHO spreading an alert over the intensity and spread of the virus which could affect 4 million people in the next year, pregnant women are being advised by the CDC to consider postponing their travel plans to any of the affected areas.
Some airlines have already offered refunds to those travelling to the Zika affected regions. Many foreign pregnant workers are being relocated from the affected regions. There is chance of the virus spreading slowly to the U.S. as well.