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Zika virus infection: guidance for primary care

Published: February 2016

There is currently an ongoing outbreak of Zika virus infections in South and Central America and the Caribbean, and increasing evidence that infection in pregnancy may be associated with fetal microcephaly and other central nervous system abnormalities. Zika virus infection has also been linked with Guillain-Barre syndrome. Symptomatic Zika virus infection is typically mild and short-lived in most individuals, but particular attention is required for travelassociated risks in women who are pregnant or who are planning a pregnancy. 


This guidance summarises key advice for those working in primary care, since they may be consulted by patients, including pregnant women, who are travelling to or returning from countries that are part of this outbreak (ie those countries with active Zika transmission). 

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