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CHP closely monitors latest WHO Zika update

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is today (August 5) closely monitoring the latest Zika virus update of the World Health Organization (WHO), and again urged the public to adopt strict anti-mosquito measures and safe sex during travel. Pregnant women and those planning pregnancy should not travel to affected areas.

     "We noted that the WHO classified the United States as a country with a first reported mosquito-borne outbreak in response to the active Zika virus transmission in an area in Florida," a spokesman for the CHP said.
     To date, 68 countries/areas have documented mosquito-borne transmission since 2007 while 11 have reported evidence of person-to-person transmission, probably by sexual contact. The public may visit the CHP's website for more details about affected areas.

     "We are maintaining close liaison with the WHO as well as overseas, neighbouring and Mainland health authorities to closely monitor the latest developments," the spokesman said.

     To prevent Zika Virus Infection, in addition to general anti-mosquito measures, the DH draws the public's attention to the special notes below:

A. Travelling abroad

B. Pregnant women and those preparing for pregnancy

C. Special notes for prevention of sexual transmission regarding adverse pregnancy outcomes

  1. Abstain from sex with pregnant partners, or else use condoms throughout the pregnancy; and
  2. Use condoms for at least six months if female partners may get pregnant.

     The public may visit the following pages for more disease information and health advice: the Zika Page of the CHP and the DH's Travel Health Service, the Outbound Travel Alert page of the Security Bureau, anti-mosquito precautions for women, and the WHO Zika virus situation reports.

Ends/Friday, August 5, 2016 
Issued at HKT 15:26