Zika Virus Update

Issued: 1 March 2016

ZIKA virus

In the UK, current advice is that women who are pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, should consider avoiding travel to countries where Zika is present, to reduce the risks to a baby during pregnancy – including fetal microcephaly (abnormal brain development).

Almost all cases of Zika are acquired via mosquito bites.  However, a small number of cases of sexual transmission have been reported and, in a limited number of cases, the virus has been present in sperm samples.

Current advice for individuals considering or undergoing fertility treatment:

  • after travel to an area where the Zika virus is present, a person should not try to conceive naturally, or donate gametes, or proceed with fertility treatment for 28 days
  • after diagnosis of known Zika virus infection, a person should not try to conceive naturally, or donate gametes, or proceed with fertility treatment for 6 months after the all-clear

Before beginning any treatment or planning to be a sperm or egg donor, please inform Midland Fertility if you have recently returned from any country in:

  • South America
  • the South Pacific
  • the Caribbean
  • Asia

For further information about Zika virus, please talk to the clinical team at Midland Fertility via the telephone number above or email.

For a full list of countries where Zika is active  and for any updates visit the Public Health England Zika Virus page

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