Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Zika virus confirmed in the UK

Four cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed in Britain, health officials revealed today. 
Public Health England said the pandemic – feared to cause abnormally small skulls and brain damage in babies – was identified in the last six weeks in those infected.
A committee of MPs in Westminster were told that the four cases were 'travel associated' and not believed to have been contracted in the UK.

Speaking to the Science and Technology Committee, Public Health England's Dr Dilys Morgan said that there had been seven travel associated cases documented in the UK in the past three years.
Six of the cases are linked to the current outbreak in South America, including four since the start of the year. She also said that officials 'expected to see more cases' of travel associated infections.

'We have four of those in 2016 so we are seeing cases coming back. We have raised awareness so people are more aware of the infections.
'We are likely to see more cases.'

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