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Zika Virus Update

By Elegant Resorts Travel Experts

Posted: 12 May 2016

ZIKV is a dengue-like virus that is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. The infection often occurs without symptoms but can also cause an illness similar to dengue. The condition is usually mild and short-lived; severe disease is uncommon and insect bite avoidance measures are recommended http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/   Recently, a possible link between exposure to Zika virus (ZIKV) in pregnancy and microcephaly and other congenital malformations has been identified and investigations are ongoing. If you are travelling to regions where these diseases occur you should ideally seek travel health advice from your GP, practice nurse or a travel clinic at least 4-6 weeks before you travel. Even if time is short it is still not too late to get advice. This is particularly relevant if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, suffer from a severe, chronic medical condition, or have a medical condition that weakens your immune system.Whilst investigations continue,  NaTHNaC advises that it is recommended that pregnant women should postpone non-essential travel to areas with active Zika transmission until after pregnancy. This is a change to the previous advice which encouraged pregnant womend to consider avoiding travel and see travel health advice. In addition it is recommended that women should avoid becoming pregnant while travelling in an area with active Zika virus transmission, and for 28 days following return home. If a woman develops symptons compatible with Zika virus infection on her return to the UK, it is recommended she avoids becoming pregnant for a further 28 days following recovery. If travel is unavoidable you should take scrupulous insect bite avoidance measures, both during daytime and night time hours. Symptons of Zika virus infection may include fever, joint pain, rash, conjunctivitis/red eyes, headache, muscle pain and eye pain. No specific anti-viral treatment is available for Zika virus infection. Elegant Resorts recommend that pregnant women due to travel to any of the destinations affected should seek medical advice from their GP and where it is necessary to change or cancel their holiday arrangements in light of the NaTHNaC advice request that their GP provides them with medical certificate in order to assist with them with any possible insurance claim.Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the latest travel advice.

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