Pregnant women are advised not to travel to Thailand and the Philippines after an increased number of reported cases of the Zika virus.
- The increase may be due to changes in monitoring of the Zika virus in these areas and increased testing activity, but it may also reflect an increasing number of incidences of the virus, and thus increased risk of becoming infected, says Line Vold, Director at NIPH, to ABC Nyheter.
The Authority also recommends that pregnant women who recently have been to the Philippines or Thailand take a Zika test at the doctor after returning home, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not.
All travelers to Thailand and the Philippines are advised to wear clothing that fully covers the body, and are also recommended to use repellents.
Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes.
People with Zika virus disease can have symptoms including mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache. These symptoms normally last for 2-7 days.
There is scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Links to other neurological complications are also being investigated.
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