Zika virus infection: guidance for primary care

This guidance is for primary care clinicians in England: produced by PHE in conjunction with the RCGP and the BMA.


Zika virus infection: guidance for primary care

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This guidance summarises essential advice for those working in primary care, since they may be consulted by patients, including pregnant women, who are travelling to or returning from countries that have a high or moderate risk of Zika virus transmission.

Published 4 February 2016
Last updated 2 August 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated to reflect changes in travel and sexual transmission advice and revised Zika virus risk ratings.
  2. Updated with revised duration of precautions to prevent sexual transmission.
  3. Revised (v7) to include updates to sexual transmission and changes in diagnostic testing.
  4. Revised advice regarding sexual transmission and deferral of pregnancy.
  5. Updated information on: sexual transmission; symptoms; diagnostic testing; complications and unusual presentations.
  6. Updated guidance for risk of sexual transmission, samples to be taken and contraception.
  7. Updated travel advice for pregnant women; Clarification of advice on preventing sexual transmission to pregnant women and women planning pregnancy; Clarification on obtaining diagnostic samples and completing request forms: New advice on Zika and immunocompromised patients, and Guillain Barre syndrome; New section on minor procedures in the primary care setting, including dentistry.
  8. Updated guidance: clarification about when in the course of illness to test and where to seek additional advice and information.
  9. First published.