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.


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“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.