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Zika Virus Infection in French Guiana and Martinique

18 Jan 2016

WHO has reported on laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika virus infection in two overseas departments of France: French Guiana and Martinique.

Two cases have been identified in French Guiana; one each in Remire-Montjoly and Saint Laurent du Maroni. Two cases have been reported in Martinique; one each in Scoelcher and Fort de France.

A further 4 suspected cases in Martinique (3 in Le Robert, one in Lamentin) are awaiting laboratory results for confirmation/exclusion of Zika virus.

Advice for Travellers

Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, is recommended. Due to the possible link between Zika virus infection and birth defects, pregnant women are urged to be particularly vigilant in preventing mosquito bites.

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.