Two pregnant Kiwi women cancel trips to Samoa after Zika outbreak

House of Travel has confirmed two pregnant women have cancelled trips to Samoa since news of the Zika outbreak was reported.

The warning comes as fears increase over the Zika virus. Source: 1 NEWS

The travel company has also had inquiries from other travellers about whether they should be concerned about going to other Pacific Islands.

They are being directed to the Ministry of Health website.

The virus is being linked to microcephaly, a condition where babies are born with small heads and damaged brains, and is carried by the same mosquito that transmits dengue and yellow fever.

It has been linked to thousands of babies being born in Brazil with deformities.

The Zika virus, responsible for thousands of babies born with deformities in Brazil, has spread to the Pacific. Source: 1 NEWS

In less than a year it has spread to 21 countries, including many in the Pacific.

The vast majority of suspected cases were in French Polynesia (8750), while New Caledonia had the most confirmed cases (1538).

Samoa has reported three cases of the zika virus, with one being exported to New Zealand.

For the latest Ministry of Health advice, click here