Switerland and the Zika virus

suisseflagSwitzerland has encountered first confronations with the ZIKA virus, as two Swiss travellers were infected during their visit abroad. However, those travellers were treated immediately – therefore preventing the spread of the virus. As you may (or may not) know, the virus does not only spread over mosquito bites, but also through infected blood, sexual contact, or, rarely, from mother to child. The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) published an article, providing recommendations to the people how to plan for future trips in “tropical regions”. “This announcement has no new consequences for Switzerland, as no travel restrictions were recommended by WHO, neither in general, nor for pregnant women. That is why the following recommendations are still valid”

(Link: http://www.bag.admin.ch/themen/medizin/00682/00684/15931/index.htmllang=en )

For example, if staying in a tropical area, inform yourself about the current epidemiological situation and seek medical advice. The FOPH did not declare any further travel restrictions since the WHO did not recommend restrictions, either.

by Mario D.