Exclusive: Pregnant asylum seekers exposed to Zika on Nauru

Zika virus infection has been been confirmed on Nauru and the seven pregnant asylum seeker women held there are being offered mosquito repellent to try avoid the teratogenic virus, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection says.

In a submission to a Senate inquiry into the conditions faced by asylum seekers in offshore processing centres, the department says that Zika virus has now been confirmed on the island, where dengue fever — spread by the same mosquitoes — has long been rampant.

"The department is aware that cases of the Zika Virus have been confirmed in Nauru. Every