More on Zika virus...
Remember that Zika is a risk in Asia as well as Latin America. This year more than 100 cases have been diagnosed in Thailand and Singapore reported its first locally acquired case in August and now has over 300 cases. Cases have been reported in clusters in Geylang, Bedok, Bishan, Hougang, Sengkang, and Toa Payoh townships. No cases involve the Marina, Central, Orchard, or Tanglin areas. In the States 93 locally acquired cases have been reported from Florida including Miami Beach.
A recent report described transmission of zika virus from a male with no symptoms from the infection to his female sexual partner. Previously we had only seen it passed from men with symptoms from the infection. (So the information in my April blog has been proven to be wrong.) There has also now been a report of transmission from a female to her male partner. The guidelines now recommend abstinence or condom use and avoidance of pregnancy for 6 months for anyone after travel to risk areas for Zika. New Zealand recommendations are available : http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/zika-virus#sexual