Australian GPs to assist Zika surveillance

TESTING for the mosquito-borne Zika virus will be ramped up as Australian GPs are recruited to help combat the global threat from infection which has been linked to microcephaly.

GPs working in areas where the prime Zika vector, Aedes aegypti is found — a swathe of central and northern Queensland — are due to receive updated advice on who and how to test as early as this week, a spokesman for Queensland Health says.

Townsville public health medical officer Dr Steven Donohue says these GPs are on the front line of preventing local outbreaks, which could be