Spike in Zika virus prompts travel warning for pregnant Aussie women

Pregnant Australian women and those trying for a baby, have been warned to defer all non-essential travel to Singapore over Zika virus fears.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued a travel warning on Tuesday following a spike in confirmed cases of the virus in the country.

“There is ongoing transmission of Zika virus in Singapore,” the latest warning on the Smart Traveller website reads.


“All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites.

“Adopt additional measures advised by the Department of Health, including deferring non-essential travel if pregnant and avoiding pregnancy for two months following your return.”

As of Tuesday, there were 82 confirmed cases of Zika in Singapore.

The mosquito-born virus is known to cause severe malformations in unborn babies.