Zika virus - what you need to know

Thursday February 4, 2016

​Ministry of Health media release: 29th January 2016

Zica Virus NewsThere are growing concerns regarding the mosquito-borne Zika virus and the impact of infection with Zika upon pregnant women and their babies.

Cases of Zika virus have previously been reported in Africa, southern Asia and the Pacific Islands. Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga are currently areas of active transmission of the Zika virus.

View the up-to-date list of countries with current affected by the Zika virus.

It is important to note that the virus may spread to or be present in other countries where it has not yet been detected.

All cases of Zika virus infection reported in New Zealand have involved people who had recently been in countries where a Zika outbreak was occurring. The mosquitoes that are able to transmit Zika virus are not normally found in New Zealand.

Get more information on the Zika virus including the symptoms to look out for.

Page last reviewed: 04 February 2016