PUBLIC HEALTH COMMUNIQUE - Zika Virus (27 January 2016)

Recent outbreaks of Zika virus in Central and South America, particularly Brazil, have raised concerns the infection in pregnant women might cause birth defects such as microcephaly. The evidence for this is still evolving but as a precaution pregnant women should be advised to reconsider travel to these areas while the outbreak persists. Where this is not possible it is important to provide advice on protective behaviours to prevent mosquito bites. Outbreaks of Zika virus were also reported in 2015 in tropical Africa (Cape Verde), Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands; therefore pregnant women should check the outbreak status in these areas if considering travel by going to the smart traveller website - http://smartraveller.gov.au/

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