KEELPNO issues travel guidelines for Zika virus


The Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) on Monday issued guidelines for travelers visiting countries currently witnessing an outbreak of the Zika virus.

Transmitted to humans by Aedes mosquitoes, the Zika virus causes mild fever, headaches and rashes, with symptoms lasting from four to seven days.

KEELPNO advises pregnant women to avoid traveling to 24 countries – mostly in Central and South America – as the virus has been tied to infant microcephaly.

In general, travelers were advised to protect themselves against mosquito bites, for example through the use of repellents, mosquito nets and full-body garments. Travelers were also advised to report any symptoms up 12 days after returning from their journey.