Zika virus and microcephaly in Cape Verde and Brazil

Cape Verde reports 11 cases of microcephaly, associated with Zika virus infections. Most of pregnant women infected with the virus were in Praia, Sao Filipe and Maio.

Since the beginning of the epidemic in Cape Verde, there have been 7,500 suspected cases of Zika.

In Brazil, as of June 25, there have been 1,638 cases of microcephaly, of which 270 have links with Zika virus. An additional 3,061 other cases of microcephaly are being investigated.

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Advice For Travellers

The risk of exposure to this virus may be high. 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, and the virus may be widespread in any country with this disease.

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.

The World Health Organization states that pregnant women should be advised not to travel to areas of ongoing 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.