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European travelers have also been infected with Zika virus


The National Center for Epidemiology has been informed through its international network that more European citizens have been infected by the South American and South Asian circles of ZikaVirus.

Two such cases were diagnosed in Germany and travelers traveled to Haiti in December 2015. In the Netherlands, six trips back from Suriname have confirmed the infection. In a further case, a light was illuminated in Finland in July 2015, when a patient became infected in the Maldives. In December 2014, a Danish male was infected with the disease in South America, and five imported cases were registered, with patients in Colombia, Guyana / Suriname and Mexico / Venezuela. The risk of introducing infectious disease to Hungary is extremely low, but it cannot be ruled out. In our country, we have not yet become aware of a disease suspected of being infected with Zika virus in our surveillance system.
In Brazil, a large number of newborns born with microcephaly are registered in volume and time with the Zika virus infection. There is no vaccine to prevent the disease, no targeted therapy. On January 21, 2016, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) updated its recommendation for travel to the Zika virus-infected area. The BNTSZ, in agreement with the ECDC's recommendation, recommends all foreign-born women or women planning childhood care to consider taking Ziroza before starting their journey.
If the virus is intensively spreading in the country of destination, or if vital diseases are detected, consider postponing travel (especially in the first case).
In the past 2 months, locally sourced Zika virus infections have been reported in 23 countries worldwide. According to January 19, 2016:
  • South America Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Colombia, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela;
  • In Central America, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama;
  • Caribbean Barbados, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin;
  • Samoan Islands in the Pacific Ocean;
  • Further on, Thailand and the Republic of Cape Verde
  • … They touched me. Further information on the current emergency situation can be found on the websites of the BNTSZ and the National Epidemiological Center.
    Those who, after weighing the above, have decided to travel to the country should pay particular attention to the prevention of mosquitoes. In countries where Zika virus is spread, the only way to prevent infection is to prevent mosquitoes. The importance of individual protection is particularly important for women who are pregnant or planning to have a baby.
    People with immunocompromised or severe chronic illness, or traveling with small children, should seek out useful mosquito repellents and other preventive measures before departure. Protecting against mosquitoes is important both indoors and outdoors, from sunrise to sunset, when mosquitoes that spread the disease are most prone to:
  • Use mosquito repellent according to the manufacturer's instructions. DEET (diethyltoluamide) active ingredient alert is not recommended for children under 3 months of age, but can be used by pregnant women according to application guidelines.
  • Wear long sleeves and trousers, socks and shoes, especially during the active period (daytime) of the Aedes mosquito carrying the Zika virus.
  • Sleep, rest in a mosquito-covered or air-conditioned room, and use the mosquito-borne mosquito in the daytime.

  • If you return from the affected area, fever, rash, headache, inflammation of the epidermis or business pain within three weeks of contact, consult a physician and mention.