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Zika Virus in Angola

22 Oct 2018

Public health authorities quoted by media in Angola have reported more than 70 children with defects suspected to have been caused by infection with Zika virus before birth. Zika virus was first reported in Angola at the end of 2017 and the appearance of birth defects suggests a widespread outbreak, but case numbers are uncertain.   

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.