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Zika Virus confirmed in Cook Islands,French Polynesia and New Caledonia

There have been 18 confirmed cases and 40 suspected cases of Zika virus infection in Rarotonga and Aitutaki since Mar 11, 2014.

An ongoing outbreak of Zika virus was first reported in October 2013 in French Polynesia.  In January 2014 New Caledonia reported it’s first confirmed case.  Easter Island has also reported it’s first locally acquired case.

The only previously reported regions were in Africa and Asia.

The Zika virus is transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes.  The  Zika virus mosquito is in the same family as dengue and West Nile viruses.  Symptoms include fever,headache, pink eye, rash, joint and muscle pain.  The virus usually lasts only a few days.

Travellers are advised to consult a health care provider a minimum of 4-6 weeks before travelling .  Travellers should use daytime insect precautions.  If you develop symptoms while travelling or upon return, see a health care provider and inform them where you have been travelling.

The Nova Travel Health and Immunization Clinic provides personalized consultation to ensure you are protected for a safe and happy trip.  Contact us before departure!

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