Planning For Your Holidays But Afraid Of The Zika Virus

Published on : Friday, February 5, 2016

unnamedTravellers to countries afflicted by the Zika virus need to take extra precautions. Zika is a viral infection, transmitted by the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes. Zika causes a viral fever similar to Dengue or Chikungunya, with fever, body aches, headache and rash.

According to the World Health Organization, the Zika virus has spread “explosively” from South America. Brazil has reported that 1.5 million of its people may be affected with the Zika virus. There will be concerns for travellers attending the summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero in August. Our athletes, their families, sports officials and supporters will be heading to Rio de Janiero to cheer Team Singapore.

For the NATAS Travel Fair to be held from 4 to 6 March 2016 at the Singapore EXPO, Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) nurses from the Travellers’ Health and Vaccination Clinic will be on-site from 2 pm to 6 pm on 5 and 6 March to provide advice on travel related vaccinations and health matters. This is part of a broader initiative by NATAS and TTSH to educate the community on essential travel health matters and to help travellers be prepared, safe and well for their trips.

Mr Steven Lek, Executive Director of NATAS, said: “The Zika virus is of immediate concern globally and there is an urgent need to educate our visitors. We are pleased that TTSH has come on board to be a strategic healthcare partner at the NATAS Travel Fair for the second time”.

For visitors to the Fair, there will be attractive prizes to be won including the top prize which is a pair of Singapore Airlines Business Class Tickets to Dusseldorf worth S$19,800.

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