Zika virus travel warning for pregnant women

Pregnant women should consider deferring travel to areas affected by the Zika virus because of the risk of fetal malformations, the Department of Health says.

In conjunction with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the health department is warning of the risks for Australian women travelling to places where there are outbreaks of Zika virus, with alerts current for Brazil, Paraguay, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and the Cook Islands.

It recommends pregnant women consider deferring travel to Zika virus-affected areas given the seriousness of the possible risk of virus-associated microcephaly to unborn