Risk assessment

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First published: 29 January 2016
Previous update: 27 February 2019
Last updated: 5 August 2019

The risk to Scotland is considered very low due to the absence of the Aedes mosquito and the low risk of sexual transmission associated with imported cases.

For travellers to affected countries there is a low risk of infection which may result in mild symptoms in the majority of cases.

For pregnant travellers or women who may become pregnant during or soon after travel, the risk of infection is considered higher due to Congenital Zika Syndrome.

There is a low risk of sexual transmission of ZIKV.

Our recommendations for travellers to countries where ZIKV is circulating

Travellers should seek travel advice from a healthcare provider at least six to eight weeks in advance of travel, this is particularly important if pregnant or planning pregnancy.

Advice for the travelling public can be found on our fitfortravel website.

Specific advice on Zika virus prevention and management and county-by country advice for health professionals advising travellers can be found on our TRAVAX website.

Travellers who develop illness during travel should seek medical attention at their destination.

Those diagnosed with ZIKV when travelling

Pregnant women who are diagnosed with ZIKV should seek early obstetric review on return. They should use condoms during travel and for eight weeks afterwards to reduce the risk of sexual transmission.

All other individuals should follow contraception advice and ways of preventing onward sexual transmission as we've detailed on the fitfortravel and TRAVAX websites.