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Zika virus outbreak prompts US to issue travel alert to pregnant women

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i306 (Published 18 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i306
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Prompted by reports from Brazil linking Zika virus infection with a surge in cases of fetal and newborn microcephaly, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a travel alert urging women who are pregnant or who are trying to become pregnant to postpone traveling to countries where there is ongoing transmission of the virus. Such women who must travel to such areas should consult their healthcare provider first and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during their trip, the CDC said.

The warning, issued on Friday 15 January, came on the same day that health officials in Hawaii reported that the mother of a baby recently born with microcephaly …

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