Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Zika virus has been 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 those infected in the last six weeks.  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.

'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,”  said Public Health England's Dr Dilys Morgan said.

It comes just over a week after the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak, which has swept through South and Central America since last summer, an international public health emergency over fears the virus has triggered a surge in cases of the birth defect microcephaly. 

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