Zika virus presence in Honduras is confirmed

Laboratory results have confirmed that 2 persons living in the department of Choluteca were infected with the Zika virus. These are the first reports of this virus in Honduras.


At present, the risk of exposure to Zika virus for the general traveller is very low in Honduras, but in the near future, this virus will spread by means of infected mosquitoes. Travellers can avoid the inconvenience of this illness by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Since infection with this virus usually 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. Until the association between infection with this virus and the increase in cases of microcephaly (small brain) in newborns in Brazil is clarified, women who are in the first trimester of pregnancy should take extra precautions to avoid mosquito bites.