[news.gov.hk] Understand more about Microcephaly and Zika virus

The Centre for Health Protection has activated the Alert Response Level under the Government’s Preparedness and Response Plan for the Zika Virus infection. Herewith the key reminder for prevention:

A. Travelling abroad
 

  • If going to affected areas, travellers, especially those with immune disorders or severe chronic illnesses, should consult a doctor at least six weeks before the trip and take extra preventive measures to avoid mosquito bites;
  • Those arriving from affected areas should apply insect repellent for at least 21 days upon arrival. If feeling unwell, such as having fever, seek medical advice promptly and provide travel details to the doctor;


B. Sexual transmission
 

  • Consider not having sex during travel to affected areas, or else condoms should be used;
  • Those arriving from affected areas should consider not having sex for at least six months upon arrival, or else condoms should be used;


C. Pregnant women
 

  • Pregnant women and those planning pregnancy should not travel to affected areas. All travellers including pregnant women should use mosquito repellent containing DEET during travel and for at least 21 days upon arrival;
  • Attend antenatal follow-up regularly and provide travel history to the doctor;
  • Observe for compatible symptoms and seek medical advice as soon as possible if feeling unwell; and
  • Abstain from sex with a partner who has travelled to affected areas, or else condoms should be used throughout the pregnancy.

 

 

Source: http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201609/23/P2016092300280.htm