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Zika Virus Infection in Guinea-Bissau

12 Aug 2016

On 29 June 2016 laboratory technicians in Guinea-Bissau confirmed three positive samples of Zika virus infection (ZIKV). The samples are in cases from Bijagos/Bissagos Islands.

For the purpose of advising travellers the Guinea-Bissau has been categorised as a Moderate Risk.

Advice for Travellers

All Travellers

  • Mosquito bite avoidance is strongly recommended.
  • Seek travel advice from your healthcare provider at least 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, but particularly important if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy.
  • You are strongly advised to obtain adequate travel insurance – if pregnant, check with your travel insurance company that you are covered under the policy.
  • Advice on how to prevent sexual transmission of ZIKV should be followed.

Specific recommendations if you are pregnant

Until the link between ZIKV and adverse pregnancy outcomes has been fully clarified pregnant women should:

  • Postpone non-essential travel to the affected areas until the baby has been born.
  • On return, early obstetric review is recommended even if well.
  • For more detailed advice look here.

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