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Zika Virus

By January 22, 2016September 11th, 2021No Comments

Zika is a mosquito-borne infection caused by Zika virus (ZIKV),
 
Typical symptoms include:a low-grade fever, joint pain (with possible swelling mainly in the smaller joints of the hands and feet), rash, conjunctivitis/red eyes, headache, muscle pain, eye pain
 
ZIKV is not spread directly from person to person.  There is currently no vaccine or drug to prevent ZIKV infection.
 
ZIKV has a possible association with congenital malformations. Travellers who are pregnant (in any trimester) or planning to become pregnant and who live in, or will travel to areas where any mosquito-borne diseases such as chikungunya, dengue, malaria and ZIKV are known to occur, should consider avoiding travel to an area where an active ZIKV outbreak is being reported. If travel is unavoidable they should take scrupulous measures to avoid mosquito bites during both daytime and night time hours.
 
Countries reporting local transmission of confirmed Zika virus in the 9 months to 19 Jan 2016 are as follows:-
 
Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala​, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Maldives, Martinique, Mexico, New Caledonia, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Suriname, Thailand