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3rd September 2016
IMA ZIKA Alert: Do not ignore dengue or Chikungunya-like symptoms with red eyes
 
Local mosquito transmission of Zika virus infection has been reported in Singapore. Local mosquito transmission means that mosquitoes in the area are infected with Zika virus and are spreading it to people.
 
Because Zika virus is primarily spread by mosquitoes, Indian Medical Association (IMA) recommends that travelers to Singapore protect themselves from mosquito bites. A pregnant woman can pass Zika virus to her fetus. And, infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects.
 
IMA recommends special precautions for the following groups:
Women who are pregnant
  • Pregnant women should avoid traveling to Singapore. If at all necessary, they should first talk to their doctor and strictly follow measures to prevent mosquito bites during their stay.
  • If you have a partner who lives in or has travelled to Singapore, either use condoms (or other barriers to prevent infection) or do not have sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) during your pregnancy.
  • Women who are trying to become pregnant
  • If you are planning a pregnancy, talk to your doctor about your plans to become pregnant and the risk of Zika virus infection before either of you travel.
  • You and your partner should strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites.
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IMA ZIKA alert: Do not ignore dengue or chikungunya like symptoms with red eyes​
 
New Delhi, September 02, 2016: Local mosquito transmission of Zika virus infection has been reported in Singapore. Local mosquito transmission means that mosquitoes in the area are infected with Zika virus and are spreading it to people.
Because Zika virus is primarily spread by mosquitoes, IMA recommends that travellers to Singapore protect themselves from mosquito bites. A pregnant woman can pass Zika virus to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects, said Dr S S Agarwal, National President IMA and Padma Awardee Dr. KK Aggarwal, National President Elect IMA.
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