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WHO to discuss possible travel restrictions over Zika virus pandemic

WHO to discuss possible travel restrictions over Zika virus pandemic

Health, Medical, News, Travel
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is having an emergency meeting today to discuss the continuing Zika virus outbreak in the Americas.  The mosquito-borne virus has spread to 22 countries within North and South America. Zika virus has been linked to microcephaly, a serious developmental disorder where babies are born with small heads. In Brazil, there have been over 4,000 case of microcephaly since October 2015. Normally, Brazil would see approximately 150 cases a year. The WHO can recommend placing travel restrictions to and from infected countries, among a wide range of infection control measures. With London as a major business and travel hub, any future restrictions would likely have some impact on the capital. Those who are pregnant or are planning to get pregnant should se