French Guiana is next country to report Zika virus

A traveller who lives in Kourou has returned to French Guiana from Suriname and has been diagnosed with Zika virus infection (probably acquired in Suriname). No local spread of this virus has been reported.

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Advice For Travellers

French Guiana is the latest country to report a case of Zika virus. At present, the risk of exposure to this virus in French Guiana is very low. However, once the virus is introduced into the local mosquito population, it will spread. Travellers can avoid the inconvenience of this illness by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Since infection with this virus usually causes a rather mild illness similar to flu, there may be other cases in the community that do not seek medical attention and are not reported to health authorities. Until the association between infection with this virus and the increase in cases of microcephaly (small brain) in newborns in Brazil is clarified, women who are in the first trimester of pregnancy should take extra precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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