Zika virus news and resources – International SOS


Read up on the latest information on the Zika virus, symptoms, prevention and travel advice from International SOS.


Clients and members can access the latest information and resources on the International SOS Zika website or the International SOS Member Zone. They can also call their nearest Assistance Centre for comprehensive advice and support 24/7. 

Zika virus – news and resources on Pandemic Information website

The International SOS Zika website offers the latest news, Zika virus travel advice, facts, FAQs and resources. It includes an interactive map of the affected regions. The map links to the International SOS country guides, allowing users to drill down for information on Zika-affected areas. Pandemic Information website subscribers have access to additional Zika awareness tools.
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What is the Zika virus? 

Zika is an infectious disease that is transmitted to people primarily through mosquito bites. It can also be passed from an infected pregnant mother to baby and through sexual contact.

When was the Zika virus discovered? 

It was first discovered in the 1940s, but Zika was not common. The first large outbreak occurred in 2007 – reaching the Americas in 2015 where it spread rapidly through the region.


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Which areas have been affected by Zika? 

Zika is now present in tropical areas of many countries and territories of the Americas, Africa, Southeast Asia and Pacific islands. Potentially, it could spread further 



Zika virus symptoms

The majority of people who become infected by Zika experience no symptoms. Some will have mild symptoms of fever, rash, muscle pains, joint pains and/ or red eyes (conjunctivitis).

Can you recover from Zika?

Most people will make a full recovery in about a week. However, the Zika virus can cause severe, irreversible birth defects (including microcephaly) in the babies of mothers infected whilst pregnant. It can also cause severe and potentially fatal neurological complications, including muscular weakness known as “Guillain-Barré syndrome”. 

Zika virus prevention 

To prevent Zika infection, everyone is urged to use insect repellents and condoms. Many health authorities advise pregnant women not to travel to affected areas with ongoing transmission.

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