The Zika virus infection often occurs without symptoms but can also cause an illness (fever) which is usually mild and short-lived; severe disease is uncommon. However, a possible link between exposure to Zika virus in pregnancy and serious congenital abnormalities has been reported and is under investigation. Zika virus is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes.
The relevant government agencies are advising pregnant women, or those planning to become pregnant, to consider delaying or avoiding travel to areas reporting active Zika virus transmission.
FCO provide specific travel advice for each country. View a weekly update of the countries affected.
All staff and students to whom this could apply are encouraged to discuss their travel plans with their health care provider (such as GP or midwife), as appropriate. If you are travelling to such areas on University business or for study, please discuss your plans with your tutor / supervisor and make sure that this advice is taken into account in all travel abroad risk assessments.