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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 is today (October 21) 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.

     As Australia reported a case of Zika Virus Infection in a traveller returning from the Solomon Islands, the Solomon Islands has been reclassified by the WHO. To date, 73 countries/areas have reported mosquito-borne transmission since 2007, while 12 have reported person-to-person transmission probably by sexual contact since 2016.

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

     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/Friday, October 21, 2016
Issued at HKT 11:32