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Zika virus


Zika is a virus that is spread by mosquito bites. The mosquitoes that can spread Zika virus are not normally found in New Zealand, but they are found in many countries around the world.

The Ministry of Health recommends that women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant in the near term should defer travel to areas with Zika virus present. If travel is essential, if possible delay pregnancy if travelling to these areas.

Advice for the general public is available and updated on the Ministry of Health's website.

Up-to-date information for travellers is also available on the Safe Travel website.

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