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Zika Virus Infection in India (Madhya Pradesh)

12 Nov 2018

The Times of India reportsthat the Madhya Pradesh Health Department confirmed 23 new cases of Zika virus disease on 8 November 2018.

Thirteen of these cases are reported from Vidhisha district, 8 from Sehore, 1 from Bhopal and 1 from Sagar.

About 160 people have been tested in Madhya Pradesh since the beginning of November 2018, with 32 cases confirmed.

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.