Q. What is the Zika Virus?

On 26 April 2017, Public Health England upgraded their health protection guidance (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/zika-virus) for people travelling to areas where ZIKV is known to occur. Zika virus is transmitted by mosquitoes, and symptoms include fever, headache, red eyes, rash, and joint pains.

The illness is usually mild and lasts between 2-7 days. However, the alert specifically references women who are pregnant or who are trying to become pregnant. This follows similar advice issued by the US CDC on 29 June 2017.

The situation is evolving rapidly so please regularly check the affected areas via the Pan American Health Orghanisation’s, PAHO website, clicking on the link to Zika Virus Infection.

 

Guests are reminded to take general precautions against biting insects by covering exposed skin, and using insect repellent.  Comprehensive health information can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html

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