Zika virus information

The WHO has declared the Zika virus infection a world-wide public health emergency. This is the result of  on-going widespread transmission occurring in the Americas primarily. Currently the only Zika cases in Australia have been contracted overseas. There is a high likelihood of transmission within Australia but it will be confined to the areas where the Aedes Mosquito lives ( North Queensland). There is no risk to anyone living in Sydney of contracting the infection here.

An association between Zika infection during pregnancy and congenital microcephaly is under investigation but conclusive evidence is lacking at present. Due to the concerns about the possibility of severe outcomes for unborn babies, women who are pregnant or could become pregnant should consider delaying their travels to areas with active outbreaks of Zika.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent Zika virus.

For more information see the DFAT Smart Traveller Zika Virus webpage, alternatively contact UNSW Health Services if you are planning to travel to the countries listed for more detailed advice about travel vaccinations and insect bite precautions. The Health Service is receiving updates on an almost daily basis through their international travel advisory partners so the medical staff will have the latest information.

More Zika information can obtained  from the WHO and International SOS and these infographics summarise pertinent information about Zika.