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New Zika case in Queensland

Queensland has had a further case of Zika virus confirmed.

A woman was diagnosed with the disease in South East Queensland yesterday after recently returning from overseas. The woman is pregnant. This is not a locally acquired case of the virus.

Advice for travellers and women who are pregnant

Health experts have recommended overseas travellers should read advice about their destination country before travelling.

The Federal Government has recommended that until more is known about Zika virus, women who are pregnant (in any trimester) or those actively seeking to get pregnant should consider postponing travel to any area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

Women who are pregnant and have recently travelled to areas where there is ongoing Zika virus transmission and suffered an illness that you think might be Zika should see a doctor.

Full details of the relevant countries are available from the smartraveller website.

Queensland Health requests that media respect the privacy of the woman and her family. No further information will be released.

No interviews will be available.

Queensland Health has updated its website to provide weekly reporting of any further cases. Queensland Health has confirmed the Gold Coast woman who contracted the disease after returning from El Salvador, originally contracted Zika in 2015. Current figures are 7 confirmed cases in 2014, 4 confirmed cases in 2015 and 2 confirmed cases in 2016. None of the cases were locally acquired.

Statistics will be updated weekly on our Notifiable conditions report.

Last updated: 10 February 2016