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Minister Flanagan publishes new Travel Advice for 20 countries in response to Zika Virus Outbreak

Consular, Minister Charles Flanagan, Travel, Ireland, Press Releases, Latin America, 2016

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Charlie Flanagan TD, has today (Thursday) advised Irish citizens to be aware of the risks of Zika Virus and to take the appropriate precautions if visiting Central and South America and the Caribbean.

Minister Flanagan said:

“The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has issued travel advisories for 20 countries in response to the ongoing Zika Virus outbreak. While the risk is low in most cases I would particularly urge pregnant women and women who are trying to become pregnant to consider postponing their travel to affected areas and to consult with their healthcare provider before they travel.”

The Minister continued:

“My Department remains in close contact with the HSE and our Missions in the Americas in relation to this outbreak and will continue to review our travel advice as appropriate. In the meantime, those who intend to travel to Central and South America should ensure they take the proper precautions against mosquito bites and secure the necessary vaccinations for this type of environment.

“Those with concerns can review the advice of the HSE at http://www.hpsc.ie/A-Z/Vectorborne/Zika/ for the latest updates and guidance from Irish health professionals.”

 

ENDS

Press Office
28 January 2016


Notes for Editors

- Using mosquito repellents in accordance with the instructions indicated on the product label. DEET*-based repellent use is not recommended in children under three months of age.
- Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long trousers, especially during the hours of highest mosquito activity.
- Using mosquito nets is essential if accommodation is not adequately screened or air-conditioned.