Brazilian embassy says no restrictions on travel in wake of Zika virus outbreak
Notwithstanding an outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil‚ the South American country’s embassy in Pretoria says there are no restrictions in force on tourism or on international trade.
It said on Thursday that travelling to the country was still safe and foreigners were welcome.
“In any case‚ just as when traveling to any other foreign country‚ tourists must be well informed and take appropriate precautions to avoid being infected by the virus.
“In particular‚ pregnant women are advised to consult their doctor before the trip and to take measures to reduce the chance of having contact with the mosquito that transmits the disease‚ such as keeping doors and windows closed or using protective mosquito nets‚ wearing pants and long-sleeved shirts and using repellents that are not harmful to pregnant women‚” the embassy advised in a statement.
Transmitted by mosquitos‚ Zika is an acute viral disease which was first identified in Brazil in 2015. The virus is endemic to the East and West of the African continent‚ with sporadic circulation reports in Africa‚ Asia and Oceania.
In the Americas‚ the Zika virus was only found in early 2014‚ 3‚500km from the Chilean mainland. Cases of Zika virus have also been recently reported in Canada‚ Germany‚ Italy‚ Japan‚ United States and Australia.