Tourist brings Zika virus to Netherlands

A tourist returning to the Netherlands from a 3 week holiday in Suriname developed a fever and a rash. The diagnosis of ZIKA virus was confirmed by laboratory testing. This is the first case of this viral infection in the Netherlands.

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Advice For Travellers

There is a very low risk of any spread of Zika virus in the Netherlands. However, with Zika virus expanding its geographic range in the Americas, it is likely that many tourists and travellers will be exposed and infected. More cases may be imported and spread in a variety of localities where it has not occurred before. Travellers can avoid this untreatable illness by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Until the relationship between Zika virus infection and microcephaly (small brain) in newborns is clarified, women who are in their first trimester of pregnancy should particularly cautious.

Since infection with this virus causes a rather mild illness similar to flu, there may be many cases in the community that do not seek medical attention and are not reported to health authorities.

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