South Australia have confirmed that they have had their first case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus this year.
The SA Health Minister made the urgent public announcement just after 3.00pm today.
“SA Health has today confirmed that a 25 year old man who recently returned from overseas has tested positive to the Zika virus”
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“The man, who has now recovered, acquired the virus overseas and there is no risk to the public in South Australia from this case because the mosquito that spreads the Zika virus is not in South Australia,” SA Health said in a statement.
This case is the 14th case confirmed in Australia this year and the third in South Australia with previous cases reported in 2012 and 2015.
Health officials warned people about travelling to countries within the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, the Pacific Islands and South America, as they are known to have Zika virus transmission.
Pregnant women were also strongly advised against travelling to the countries.
“If Zika virus infection occurs in pregnancy there is a risk of fetal malformations.”
“Pregnant women or women planning a pregnancy should consider delaying travel to these countries, and take advice from their GP, SA Health or the Federal Department of Health website.”