The Zika virus: guidance for pharmacy teams

The Zika virus: guidance for pharmacy teams

February 4, 2016

Public Health England has issued a document, Zika virus infection: guidance for primary care, produced in conjunction with the Royal College of General Practitioners and the British Medical Association.

The document provides a summary of background information on the Zika virus including risks of transmission and symptoms, its risk of harm to foetuses as well as general advice and recommendations for travellers. It also issues specific advice to women who are pregnant, or planning to become pregnant.

The information in the guidance can be used by pharmacy teams when giving advice or responding to patients’ queries, including pregnant women, who are travelling to or retuning from countries which have been affected by the Zika outbreak.

A letter to healthcare professionals has also been distributed via the Central Alerting System.

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