ZIKA VIRUS INVESTIGATION

IN MUNICH

The Zika virus has spread in recent years in most tropical regions. It is an infection, which is usually transmitted by tiger mosquitoes of the genus Aedes, in some cases by sexual or blood contact. It usually causes no or only mild general symptoms. However, infection during pregnancy can lead to malformations, especially of the head (microcephaly) of the newborn. Therefore, pregnant women are advised against travelling in risk areas. After a stay in a highrisk area, pregnancy should be avoided for at least 6 months.

For the clarification of a contact with Zika virus, it is useful in certain cases to carry out an antibody measurement in the blood.

You need an appointment to discuss the indication and for taking the blood sample. Please note that a laboratory examination is recommended at the earliest 28 days after return from a Zika risk area. Unfortunately, a reimbursement for the laboratory examination cannot be at the expense of the statutory health insurance.

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For further information, please refer to the information of the Auswärtige Amt, which has also been published in a leaflet for travelers:
https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/blob/200190/322053258788965790e4296e4be48727/zika-virus-data.pdf

Information about the current outbreak can be found at the European Center of Disease Control (ECDC):
https://ecdc.europa.eu/en/zika-virus-infection

at the Center for Disease Control (CDC):
https://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html

and the WHO:
http://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/zika/en/