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Three Britons infected with Zika Virus through Mosquito bites

A man fumigates his neighbourhood in El Salvador Credit: Reuters

Three Britons have caught the Zika virus after travelling to South and Central America, Public Health England (PHE) has said.

The three travellers picked up the disease, which is linked to brain deformities in babies, through mosquito bites in Colombia, Suriname and Guyana.

Pregnant women have been warned not to travel to countries where the infection has been reported.

As of 18 January 2016, three cases associated with travel to Colombia, Suriname and Guyana have been diagnosed in UK travellers.

The virus is transmitted through mosquito bites and is not spread directly from person to person.

A small number of cases have occurred through sexual transmission or by transmission from mother to foetus via the placenta.

– PHE Spokesman

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