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Zika virus

Current status

Zika virus can cause a short illness similar to dengue fever, but milder. No cases of locally-acquired Zika virus have been reported in Queensland and Zika is not known to be present in local mosquitoes.

Zika infection is a notifiable condition. Imported cases of Zika virus will be reported in the weekly notifiable conditions report.

It is possible that local Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in north Queensland (known as the dengue mosquito) could pick up the virus by biting an infected traveller.This could lead to further local cases.

Zika virus can be harmful to unborn babies, so pregnant women or women planning pregnancy should consider deferring travel to Zika affected areas.

International updates are available from the World Health Organization situation reports.

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Last updated: 25 November 2016

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