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New patient information leaflet issued on Zika virus

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Health advice for women regarding the Zika virus has been published today by a collaboration of UK clinical organisations.

The move is a partnership between Public Health England, the Royal College of Midwives, the Royal College Nursing and Royal College of Obstetricians and gynaecologists.

The information leaflet (see PDF attached) includes general advice and information for women returning from areas with active Zika transmission, who are either pregnant or who are planning a pregnancy.

Additionally, the publication provides advice for pregnant women who are diagnosed with Zika virus infection, and pregnant women whose baby is thought to be affected.

RCM professional policy advisor Janet Fyle said the publication had been a “joint effort”, with all the organisations involved having “played a key role in contributing”.

Royal College of Midwives

Janet Fyle

Janet Fyle

She said: “This advice will be most valuable to those women and their partners who have travelled to high risk or other affected areas and may be concerned they have contracted the Zika virus.

“Equally this information will be helpful for pregnant women and their babies who have been diagnosed with the Zika virus infection,” she added.

Ms Fyle noted that the RCM and the RCOG had already published joint guidance on the virus for midwives, obstetricians and other health professional.

It covers how to assess pregnant women with a history of travel during pregnancy to areas with active Zika virus transmission, including taking a detailed travel history and referral to specialist foetal medicine service if required.


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