No restrictions on travel to Zika virus affected areas, WHO

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According to the declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO) of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern from 1 February 2016 on the Zika virus, there should be no restrictions on travel to the affected areas and that the following travel measures should be observed:

• Travellers to areas with Zika virus transmission should be provided with up to date advice on potential risks and appropriate measures to reduce the possibility of exposure to mosquito bites,

• Standard WHO recommendations regarding disinfection of aircraft and airports should be implemented“.

As per the impact on the tourism sector, it is too early to make any effective assessment considering the evolving nature of the situation.

Travellers should stay informed about Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases and consult their local health or travel authorities if they are concerned.

To protect against Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, everyone should avoid being bitten by mosquitoes by taking the measures described here. Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should follow this advice, and may also consult their local health authorities if travelling to an area with an ongoing Zika virus outbreak.

Based on available evidence, WHO is not recommending any travel or trade restrictions related to Zika virus disease. As a precautionary measure, some national governments may make public health and travel recommendations to their own populations, based on their assessments of the available evidence and local risk factors.

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