External Advisory: Zika Virus

4th February 2016

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World Challenge is closely monitoring the outbreaks of Zika virus.

Zika virus is an infection transmitted by Aedes Mosquitoes, who bite predominantly during the day, especially around dawn and dusk. The condition is usually mild and short-lived. Severe disease is uncommon, but investigations are taking place into a link between exposure to Zika and potential birth defects.   

The National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) advises that Zika virus transmission is active in a number of countries in South and Central America and government travel advice is being updated accordingly.

World Challenge currently has no school teams out on expedition. Based on the advice of the World Health Organisation, government travel information and our private medical professionals, we believe the risk to our future teams is currently low. We will however, reinforce our existing precautionary measures relating to mosquito bite avoidance. Participants due to travel to areas currently affected by Zika virus who are currently pregnant or planning to become pregnant should seek further medical advice from their healthcare provider before travel and continue to liaise with us directly.

The safety of our participants is a major priority and we will continue to constantly assess any further developments of Zika virus. We will keep our participants fully informed should we feel our expeditions are to be affected.

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