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Zika virus prompts new travel advice for pregnant women

Zika virus prompts new travel advice for pregnant women

With the Olympics soon to be getting underway, many of you will have heard the concerns of health officials who have advised against pregnant women travelling to Brazil for the games because of the Zika virus.

Now, Public Health England has updated its advice and warns that pregnant women should now consider alternative holiday destinations to Florida after four cases of Zika, transmitted by local mosquitos, were confirmed in the state. Previous cases in the US were caused by people who caught the virus abroad rather than by mosquitos in the area. Florida officials say that they will introduce more aggressive measures to control mosquitos and the state is still safe for tourists to visit as the Zika risk is only considered “moderate”.

In a statement, Paul Cosford, Medical Director and Director of Health Protection at Public Health England, said, “Pregnant women are advised to consider postponing non-essential travel until after pregnancy. Advice to all travellers remains to avoid mosquito bites.”

If you’re still unsure whether to travel to Florida this summer, you can find more travel advice on GOV.UK’s website here. Let us know your views below or over on our Facebook and Twitter.

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