Public Health England have issued guidance on Zika virus. The guidance contains information on epidemiology, symptoms, transmission, diagnosis and travel advice.
The main advice points for primary care are:
- All travellers to areas with active Zika virus transmission should practise mosquito bite avoidance measures
- Pregnant women planning to travel should consider avoiding travel to areas with active Zika transmission
- All pregnant women who have recently travelled to a country where active Zika transmission is reported should notify their primary care clinician, obstetrician or midwife
- An application of insect repellent containing 50% DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) will repel mosquitoes for approximately 12 hours; such repellents containing 50% DEET can be used by pregnant women
- To reduce the risk of sexual transmission to woman of child bearing age, including those already pregnant, male partners should use a condom for 28 days after arriving from an affected area or 6 months following recovery if a clinical illness compatible with Zika virus infection or laboratory-confirmed Zika virus infection was reported
Action: Clinicians should be aware of this guidance and ensure they implement the recommendations.