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Zika virus: SEVENTY UK travellers infected and Caribbean destinations pose 'biggest risk'

Zika does not occur naturally in the UK, however Public Health England has revealed a total of 72 cases have been diagnosed in the UK travelers since 2015.

heads of health of the organization revealed 50 cases have been diagnosed in the UK travelers to the Caribbean, captured 17 travelers United Kingdom virus in South America and three were diagnosed after traveling to Central America.

There were two travelers who were diagnosed with Zika who traveled to more than two regions.

Public Health England, said: “The largest number reported travel to Jamaica (19), followed by Barbados, St. Lucia, Granada, and Trinidad and Tobago – all popular countries among travelers United Kingdom including those visiting friends and relatives.

“of those who traveled to South America, have reported most trips to Colombia, Brazil and Venezuela.”

Yesterday, the New York Times said Zika is ongoing to infect over 90 million people worldwide in the first wave of the epidemic, according to a study published last month in the journal Nature.

it is believed the virus to spread through a certain type of mosquito that transmits the disease when it bites a person infected with Zika, and then goes on to bite another person.

in some cases, the virus Zika is transmitted through sex

Zika virus has been officially linked babies born with a birth defect known as microcephaly. -. causing an abnormally small head and underdeveloped brain, according to health officials in the United States

problems caused by microcephaly often lasting all babies ‘lives and in severe cases can be life threatening microcephaly.

The World Health Organization has said that there is a strong scientific consensus that Zika can also cause Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare neurological syndrome that causes temporary paralysis in adults.

Babies with birth defect have been born in Spain and New York.

You can also lead to joint deformities in infants , experts believe.

Public health officials in the US They have now warned that the virus could extend its reach across the Gulf Coast of the United States after officials last week confirmed as active in the popular tourist destination of Miami Beach.

the possibility of transmission in the Gulf states such as Louisiana and Texas are likely to concerns fuel that the virus could spread throughout the continental United States, despite the authorities have downplayed this result.

concern has increased since the confirmation that Zika has expanded into a second region of the resort of Miami-Dade in Florida.

The district of Wynwood in Miami last month became the site of first cases of local transmission of Zika in continental United States .

Experts now believe that the floods in Louisiana could also increase the likelihood Zika will extend to that state.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the Unit of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health (NIH), said: “There will be a lot of trouble to get rid of standing water” that could hinder mosquito control efforts are the best way to control the spread of Zika. “

Friday, the governor of Florida, Rick Scott, confirmed that the health authorities of the state had identified five cases of Zika believes she contracted in Miami Beach.

pregnant women or women who were trying to get pregnant, has been urged not to areas that are considered high risk.

scientists have also revealed virus can remain in sperm so leads six months.

the virus has spread to more than fifty countries.

there is currently no cure for Zika but scientists are working on finding a vaccine.

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