Rio de Janeiro in next state in Brazil to find Zika virus

Rio de Janeiro joins the states of Bahia, Rio Grande do Norte, Roraima and São Paulo where people infected with the Zika virus have been reported. This virus is transmitted by the same mosquito found throughout Brazil that transmits dengue fever and chikungunya. Many more cases can be expected.

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Advice For Travellers

Since infection with this virus causes 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.