Zika Virus Infection in Thailand
21 Sep 2016
A media report of 16 September 2016 asserts that a significant rise in Zika virus (ZIKV) cases has caused Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health to enforce a Public Health Act which enables fining of residents that allow mosquitoes to breed on or near their property. There are reported to be 279 ZIKV cases in Thailand, 23 of which were new cases this month.
For the purpose of advising travellers Thailand has been categorised as a High risk
Advice to Travellers
- Mosquito bite avoidance is strongly recommended.
- Seek travel advice from your healthcare provider at least 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, but particularly important if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy.
- You are strongly advised to obtain adequate travel insurance – if pregnant, check with your travel insurance company that you are covered under the policy.
- Take measures to avoid sexual transmission of ZIKV
Specific recommendations for pregnant women
Until the link between ZIKV and adverse pregnancy outcomes has been fully clarified pregnant women should:
- Postpone non-essential travel to High risk country/territory/areas.
- On return, early obstetric review is recommended even if well.
- For more detailed advice look here
- Zika Virus Infection
- Mosquito Bite Avoidance leaflet for travellers