Zika virus is now reported by 14 Brazilian states

Through October 2015, 14 states in Brazil have reported outbreaks or sporadic cases of Zika virus infections. The reporting states include: Alagoas, Bahia, Ceará, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Pará, Paraíba, Paraná, Pernambuco, Piauí, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte, Roraima and São Paulo.

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Advice For Travellers

While the risk of exposure for the general traveller is still low, all travellers should be aware that the mosquito that transmits this virus (as well as dengue and chikungunya viruses) is commonly found in many parts of Brazil. Since infection with this virus results in 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. Travellers can avoid the inconvenience of this untreatable illness by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.