First Zika virus infections reported in Colombia

The first 9 cases of Zika virus infection in Colombia have been confirmed by health authorities. Because the mosquito that transmits Zika virus (and dengue and chikungunya viruses) is found throughout most of the country, more cases are expected.

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Advice For Travellers

Since infection with this virus results in a rather mild flu-like illness, there may be many cases in the community that do not seek medical attention and are not reported to health authorities. Travellers can avoid the inconvenience of this untreatable illness by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.