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Zika Virus

Zika Virus is spread from the bites from Aedes mosquitos which are found in Central Africa,  Asia,  French Polynesia, Easter Island, Central and South America.

Symptoms of infected people include; rash, muscle aches, conjunctivitis, headaches and fever. Only 1 in 5 people infected with Zika Virus will get symptoms.  Symptoms typically occur within 3 to 8 days after being bitten and most people will make a full  recovery within 3 to 7 days.

The outbreak of Zika Virus in South America appears  to be an increased risk to pregnant ladies in their first trimester. It is therefore advisable to avoid travelling to South America if you are pregnant, and to avoid becoming pregnant whilst on holiday.

If travel cannot be avoided then good bite precautions are advised. These include using a mosquito repellent containing DEET, and wearing trousers, long sleeves and hats.  The mosquitos that spread Zika Virus bite from dawn til dusk.

There is a theoretical risk of cross infection via bodily fluids,  therefore it’s advised that if a male has been infected with Zika Virus he should use condoms for 28 days after recovery.

There is currently no vaccination for Zika Virus.

For more information go to the following links:

World Health Organisation – Zika Virus Fact Sheet

Foreign Office Travel Advice for Pregnant Women

How to avoid Mosquito Bites

Please be aware that there we are still finding out more about the Zika Virus and the information is accurate at this current time. Information will be updated as it becomes available.