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Zika Virus in Tonga

29 Jan 2016

Tonga's Ministry of Health has confirmed the first case of Zika virus in the island. No further details have been released. The public are being urged to destroy mosquito breeding site.

Advice for Travellers

Avoidance of mosquito bites is recommended for all travellers. Due to the possible link between Zika virus infection and birth defects, pregnant women, or those planning pregnancy are strongly urged to seek pre-travel advice from their health care provider. They should be helped to understand the risks and to make an informed decision on whether to change their travel plans. If the decision is made to travel, strict measures to avoid mosquito bites both during daytime and nightime hours should be followed.

Bite avoidance measures include: covering up with clothing, the use of insect repellent and bed nets impregnated with insecticide. Reduction of mosquito breeding sites around hotel rooms/homes is advised for longer term stays.

Further information Zika virus infection, mosquito bite avoidance.