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  • Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus. The virus is known to circulate in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. There is no cure, specific treatment or vaccine for Zika virus.
  • Recently there has been spread of the virus to a number of countries not previously affected.
  • There is scientific consensus that Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects.
  • The best defence against Zika virus is to avoid mosquito bites if you are travelling in a country with active Zika virus transmission.
  • As a precaution, pregnant women and women trying to get pregnant are advised to consider postponing travel to any area with active Zika virus transmission.
  • Men with Zika virus infection can transmit the virus to their sexual partners. Men with pregnant partners should use condoms for the duration of pregnancy or abstain from sex.

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Reviewed on: 22-10-2018