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Pregnant women advised not to travel to countries with Zika

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Public Health England and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) have advised pregnant women that travelling to countries with the Zika virus should be avoided.

The Zika virus, usually found in countries in South and Central America and the Caribbean, has been linked to babies being born with abnormally small heads (microcephaly).

Dr Dipti Patel, director of NaTHNaC, explains that everyone should avoid mosquito bites, but pregnant women in particular should consider avoiding travel to countries with active Zika transmission altogether.

“If travel to these areas is unavoidable, or they live in areas where Zika virus transmission is occuring, they should take scrupulous insect bite avoidance measures both during daytime and nighttime hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have also advised pregnant women who are planning to travel to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to reconsider.

For more information on the Zika virus, visit our Q&A guide.

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