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Health officials in Queensland, Australia have reported two travel associated Zika cases in women during the past week.

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On Saturday, a woman who returned to Queensland from El Salvador became the state’s first confirmed case of Zika virus in 2016.

Health officials say the woman is recovering well on the Gold Coast. She has been discharged from hospital and there is no risk to her, her family or the general public from the virus.

On Wednesday, a second imported Zika case was recorded in a woman from South East Queensland after recently returning from overseas. The woman is pregnant.

Health experts have recommended overseas travelers should read advice about their destination country before travelling.

The Federal Government has recommended that until more is known about Zika virus, women who are pregnant (in any trimester) or those actively seeking to get pregnant should consider postponing travel to any area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

Women who are pregnant and have recently traveled to areas where there is ongoing Zika virus transmission and suffered an illness that you think might be Zika should see a doctor.

In Queensland, seven cases of the disease were confirmed in 2014 and three cases in 2015.


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