Cautious but Undeterred

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Cautious but Undeterred
In-line slideshow for Where to Hide Out from Zika: Cautious But Undeterred
By Maggie Fuller, AFAR Staff
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    Taiwan might be close to the front lines of the growing Zika concern in Southeast Asia, but the government is working tirelessly to keep the virus out. As of October 2016, the country has only seen 17 cases of Zika, and they were all imported by travelers from nearby Singapore. But the real reason you’re heading to Taiwan is for the incredible gastronomy and mind-blowingly beautiful beaches—trust us.

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    South Africa
    Sure, a number of countries in Africa have endemic Zika, but South Africa isn’t one of them. What you will catch in South Africa are some serious summer vibes. Kick back for a sundowner by the water in Cape Town, visit the penguins on Boulders Beach, and enjoy the good life. 

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    Keep that Mediterranean summer going as long as possible. While the threat of Zika infection has hovered around the region, governments have been vigilant about screening and keeping the area Zika-free. The only cases of Zika that Mallorca has seen have been brought in by travelers, and the island still hasn’t seen any local transmission. But with so many historic cathedrals and alluring rocky beaches to explore, you won’t have time to give the virus a single thought.

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    Despite the country’s impressive size and booming tourism industry, Australia has kept Zika out of its borders. Without those pesky mosquitoes to worry about, the only question is, which beach should you head to? You really can’t go wrong, but if you want white-sand beaches, clear blue water, and Great Barrier Reef action, head to the Whitsundays in Queensland, where you can sail, snorkel, and lounge to your heart’s content.

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