Zika is a virus transmitted in tropical regions through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito, the same from which dengue and yellow fever is spread. Cases of Zika virus have been circulated in Asia, Africa, America and among Pacific island countries while it continues to disseminate globally. The best preventive measure to minimize the risk is the avoidance of mosquito bites in infected areas while various precautions such as cover of exposed skin, elimination of standing water and the use of insect repellent could be efficient measures. The shipping industry has been affected in a substantial level from the outbreak of the virus. As a result of this, vessels proceeding to the affected areas should ensure that their crews are alert and updated with regards to the virus. Currently, there are travel and trade regulations in China and South Korea. Vessels calling directly from a Zika virus affected country to the above countries should present a mosquito eradication certificate, issued either by local authorities at a Zika affected area or by a third party disinfection company. As far as charter party clauses are concerned, BIMCO has developed a set of comprehensive generic clauses to be used as "standard" clauses to severe outbreaks of virulent diseases. For more information, please click on the following BIMCO link;