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Travellers warned about Zika virus

NHS staff working in primary care have been advised to take a more precautionary approach to the Zika virus, particularly with pregnant women

NHS staff working in primary care have been advised to take a more precautionary approach to the Zika virus, particularly with pregnant women.

Updated guidance from Public Health England (PHE) states that nurses should advise pregnant women to postpone non-essential travel to areas with disease outbreaks, where previously they would have been advised simply to reconsider such travel.

The PHE guidance also warns nurses and other clinicians to expect patients to ask for health advice and letters to justify suspension of travel to affected areas in South and Central America and the Caribbean.

Birth defects

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently confirmed that the Zika virus causes birth defects, including microcephaly, a syndrome in which children are born with unusually small heads.

The National Travel Health Network and Centre provides the latest advice on which countries are affected. Brazil, where the Olympic

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