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Danger by Zikavirus – also for German

Several cases of Zikavirus infections in Germany are reported

The Zikavirus is brought by many people only with Brazil. However, the dangerous pathogens is also widely used in other Parts of the world. Therefore, long-distance travelers should not underestimate the dangers posed by the Virus. In this country have been reported this year, cases of infection.

Zikavirus can lead to Skull deformities in babies

According to health experts, the Zikavirus is not fatal, but it can cause Skull malformations in the newborn. In the case of the so-called “Microcephaly” children are born with an unusually small head, which can lead to Brain malformations. Since the Virus occurs in many regions of the world, should not underestimate long-distance travelers of the dangers by the pathogen. Especially Pregnant women and women with children should note the recommendations of experts and carefully consider in which countries you can travel.

Danger due to the Virus should not be underestimated

Bavarian health Minister Melanie Huml has warned with a view to the upcoming Christmas holiday, long-distance travelers against the danger posed by the dangerous Zikavirus to underestimate.

“Even after the Waning of the Zikavirus epidemic in South and Central America, there is no reason to sound the all-clear. Worldwide Zikavirus infections occur in more than 80 countries – in particular in the tropics and subtropics,“ said the Minister in a notification.

“There is the risk of getting infected when traveling with the Zikavirus. Just Pregnant women and women who want to become pregnant, should areas, therefore, on the recommendation of the foreign office not to travel in Zikavirus Outbreak company.“

Pregnant women should refrain from travel in risk areas better

The world health organization (WHO) has divided the Zika Virus-affected States, depending on the risk of a possible Transfer in different categories.

The Federal Foreign office (AA) has been connected to this assessment and recommends that “Pregnant women and women who want to become pregnant, avoidable travel” in WHO regions-a category 1 or 2 in sight, “there is a risk is early given to a child with an infection of a woman”.

“The risk of Transmission can vary both regionally and seasonally, significantly,” writes the AA, for example, the References to Thailand.

“In the case of unavoidable travel must be paid attention to the stitches on an all-day consistent use of personal protective measures to avoid mosquitoes,” wrote the office in a previous communication.

Virus can be transmitted to the Unborn

“In Pregnant women, infection is particularly dangerous because the Virus to the unborn child. Studies suggest that infection with the Zikavirus in pregnancy may cause the fetus to malformations of the brain,“ said Huml, who is a licensed medical Doctor.

“In addition, other neurological abnormalities and malformations such as placental insufficiency can be brought up to the death of the fetus with infection,” the Minister said.

According to the figures available up to 3 were in Bavaria this year. December 2018 sent two Zikavirus infections of the Bavarian state office for health and food safety (LGL).

In both cases, it was people who had resided in a high – risk area abroad – in Cuba and the Philippines. In the same period of the previous year, there were 15 confirmed cases.

Because a large proportion of infections is asymptomatic or only mild symptoms, the dark figure of unreported Zika infections are probably high.

Diseased previously were in a high-risk area

Zikaviren are transmitted primarily through the bite of infected mosquitoes. The mosquito, for example, in the tropics and Parts of the subtropics widespread yellow fever. Sexual Transmission is also possible.

“In the last three years Zikavirus Diseased from Bavaria area, such as, for example, Central America, Southeast Asia, or the Caribbean Islands were previously in a risk-travelled,” says Huml.

“So far, not a Transfer within Bavaria is known – neither mosquito bites nor by sexual contacts. Holiday-makers should pay attention to the return from high-risk areas to possible symptoms of a Zikavirus infection,“ said the Minister.

“A skin rash as well as headache, joint and muscle pain. Who noticed these symptoms should go to the doctor.“

Protection measures to avoid mosquito bites

Huml added: “travellers to tropical countries should inform themselves about the current state of the Zikavirus infections in the Region, and a tropical – or travel medical advice. In the case of unavoidable travel to high-risk countries, protection measures should consistently be taken to avoid mosquito bites.“

The WHO recommends that Pregnant women whose partners made a high-risk area to return to practice until the end of the pregnancy, “safe Sex”.

Couples who are planning a pregnancy, should wait after returning from a risk area for at least six months.

Regardless of all the travelers should return from the Zikavirus-outbreak areas of their sexual partners for the duration of at least six months, condom use protect. (ad)