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RCOG policy briefing: Pregnant women planning travel to Zika affected areas

News 20 January 2016

View the latest Zika guidance here

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Further to the RCOG policy briefing: Zika virus in pregnancy, the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new advice on travel to countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

This follows the first case in the US of a baby born with microcephaly whose mother was infected with Zika while in Brazil.

Information for members

The outbreak of Zika virus continues to expand in the Americas and Public Health England (PHE) have updated the list of countries with confirmed locally-acquired cases.

The National Travel Health Network and Center (NaTHNaC) in the UK now advises that pregnant women should consider avoiding travelling to countries where Zika outbreaks are currently reported to reduce the risk to their babies. View further information on the NaTHNaC website.

Pregnant women, who have recently travelled to Zika affected countries, should inform their obstetrician, midwife or GP on return to the UK that they may have been exposed to Zika virus, so they can be monitored.

Information for the public 

For information about Zika in pregnancy, please refer to NHS Choices. Information will be updated as the situation evolves. 


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