Taiwan health officials made some additional moves in the battle for prevention of Zika virus in the country during the past couple days.


Nearly one month after reporting an imported Zika virus case in a 24-year-old male from northern Thailand, the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC) stepped up the travel notice level for Thailand to Level 2: Alert for Zika virus.

The move is in line with the fact that the World Health Organization (WHO) included Thailand as one of the countries and territories with autochthonous transmission of Zika virus for the first  time on Feb. 12.

In addition, the CDC urges all expectant mothers returning from Zika-affected areas of Latin America and the Caribbean, regardless of whether they had Zika symptoms, to get an ultrasound in order to ensure the health of their developing fetus.

In addition, pregnant women and women planning their pregnancy are advised to postpone their trips to areas where Zika virus is active, travelers are advised to avoid mosquito bites, and people returning from Zika-affected areas are advised to use condoms when having sex and people for at least 28 days to prevent Zika transmission.