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UK records four cases of Zika virus in past six weeks

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i875 (Published 11 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i875
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Four cases of people infected with the Zika virus have been confirmed in the United Kingdom since the start of this year, experts have told MPs.

These cases may have come to light because of the recent focus on a large rise in infections in Brazil, experts told MPs on the House of Commons science and technology committee during a one-off evidence session on 10 February looking at the Zika virus.

Since last October, Brazil has reported around 1.5 million cases of the Zika mosquito-borne virus and 4000 suspected cases of microcephaly—the condition that leads to babies being born with underdeveloped brains—and fears have arisen about a possible link between the two. On 1 February, the World Health Organization declared a global public health emergency over the virus.1

One of the public health experts giving evidence to the committee said that the United Kingdom had recorded a …

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