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CHP closely monitors Zika Virus Infection in Thailand

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (October 1) closely monitoring the latest situation of Zika Virus Infection in Thailand, 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.
     According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for South-East Asia, Thailand has recently confirmed two cases of Zika-related microcephaly.
     "According to the latest Zika virus update of the WHO, mosquito-borne Zika infections acquired by travellers returning from the Maldives were reported by Germany and Spain in the past week. Prior Zika cases in the Maldives were reported in January 2016. Besides, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam continue to report new cases. As these countries are popular tourist attractions in close proximity to Hong Kong, the public should be vigilant on the latest situation during travel while doctors should stay alert in case of patients with compatible symptoms and travel history. The public should adopt strict anti-mosquito measures and safe sex during travel," a spokesman for the CHP said.
     "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.
     "Locally, our current prevention and control strategy against Zika, including travel health advice, is in line with recommendations of the WHO. We will continue to closely monitor the latest disease situation outside Hong Kong and revise our strategy and measures if necessary," the spokesman stressed.
     Apart from general measures on preventing mosquito bites and mosquito breeding, the public should take heed of the special notes below:
A. Travelling abroad

B. Sexual transmission

C. Pregnant women

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

Ends/Saturday, October 1, 2016
Issued at HKT 9:55