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Zika Virus Infection in India (Rajasthan)

16 Oct 2018

After Rajasthan reported its first case of Zika virus in September of this year it has been reported that the number of cases of Zika virus in Jaipur, Rajasthan has now reached 55; at least 11 of the cases are pregnant women. Zika virus has also been found in mosquitoes in the region. Public Health England  have classified Rajasthan as a high risk area for Zika virus, while the rest of India remains moderate risk.

Advice for Travellers

Zika virus is most commonly spread by mosquito bites, but there is also a risk of sexual transmission. There is a link between Zika virus infection and babies being born with birth defects.

  • Countries are categorised by risk of Zika virus infection by Public Health England.

  • Pregnant women should postpone non-essential travel to countries or areas with High Risk of Zika virus transmission.

  • Pregnant women should consider postponing non-essential travel to countries or areas with Moderate Risk of Zika virus transmission.

  • An individual risk assessment is advisable for pregnant women travelling to Low Risk countries or areas.

  • Travellers who develop any feverish illness whilst travelling or on return are advised to seek medical attention quickly.

Travellers to countries at High or Moderate Risk of Zika virus transmission should avoid the risk of sexual transmission by the use of contraception and condoms during travel and for: 

  • 8 weeks afterwards if female.
  • 6 months afterwards if male.