Information and updates on the Zika virus

Zika is a viral infection that usually causes a mild illness that typically lasts between 2 to 7 days. Zika is spread by mosquitoes. Eighty percent of people who become infected by Zika virus have no symptoms. However infection with Zika virus has been strongly linked with a serious birth condition called microcephaly. Microcephaly means a baby born with an unusually small head. In these cases, the baby’s brain may not have formed properly during pregnancy. Cases of a neurological illness (called Guillain Barre Syndrome) possibly caused by Zika virus infection are also being studied.

You can visit the Health Protection and Surveillance Centre (HPSC) for further information on the Zika Virus Infection, including affected countries and FAQs.  

Visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website to get advice on travelling to areas where Zika has been reported.