Advice on Zika Virus Infection
There is currently an epidemic of the Zika virus in a number of countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean. The Zika virus infection is an illness transmitted by infected mosquitoes, leading to flu-like symptoms including fever, headaches, joint pains and a rash. Evidence suggests that exposure to the virus during pregnancy can result in foetal abnormalities. There is no vaccine available to prevent this infection and therefore it is important that any pregnant woman should consider postponing trips to these countries. Anyone showing symptoms within three weeks of returning from affected countries should consult their general practitioner. For further details and information, please go to the following website http://www.hpsc.ie/A-Z/Vectorborne/Zika/.