Infants with microcephaly registered in Honduras

Authorities in Honduras are reporting the first 8 cases of infants with microcephaly (small brain) born to women who were infected with the Zika virus during their pregnancies. There is probably widespread transmission of this virus in the country.

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Advice For Travellers

The impact of the epidemic of Zika virus that infected pregnant women is now being seen in Honduras and other countries of tropical and semi-tropical countries in the Americas. Pregnant women who were infected at the start of the epidemic are now delivering infants with multiple neurological abnormalities.

There is strong scientific evidence that this virus is the cause of microcephaly (small brain) and other neurological abnormalities in newborn infants. The World health Organization states that pregnant women should be advised not to travel to areas of Zika virus outbreaks. Pregnant women whose sexual partners live in or travel to areas with Zika virus outbreaks should ensure safe sexual practices or abstain from sex for the duration of their pregnancy,

The risk of exposure to this virus may be high in Honduras. The risk of exposure for the general traveller in any particular location is difficult to estimate since so many infected people have no symptoms and are not recorded officially. There may be many infected people in the community.

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.

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