22 States in Brazil report cases of locally acquired Zika infections

There are 22 Brazilian states that are reporting people who have been infected with Zika virus acquired from local mosquitoes. These include:Goiás, Minas Gerais, Federal District, Mato Grosso do Sul, Roraima, Amazonas, Pará, Rondônia, Mato Grosso, Tocantins, Maranhao, Piaui, Ceara, Rio Grande do Norte, Paraiba, Pernambuco, Alagoas, Bahia, Espirito Santo, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Paraná.

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Advice For Travellers

The risk of exposure to Zika virus varies from state to state and within a state. The highest concentration of infected people appears to be in the northeastern states. The evidence that the Zika virus can cause severe abnormalities in newborn infants when the mother is infected during pregnancy continues to grow.

There is no vaccine or specific treatment for this infection. Travellers can minimize the risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Since infection with this virus usually causes no symptoms or a rather mild illness similar to flu, there may be many infected people in the community. As a precautionary measure, women who are pregnant in their first trimester should consider postponing travel to countries where this virus is spreading or, at a minimum, take extra precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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