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CHP closely monitors latest WHO Zika update
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     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is today (August 19) 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 expect more travellers to return to town before the summer vacation ends and those from the Olympics in Brazil where Zika and dengue viruses are prevalent. We are facing risks of importation of these vector-borne diseases. All sectors should step up efforts on mosquito control and members of the public should use insect repellents to protect themselves, their families and the community," a spokesman for the CHP said.

     The Bahamas recently reported mosquito-borne Zika Virus Infection. To date, 70 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 19, 2016
Issued at HKT 14:40