Egypt warns pregnant women against traveling to South America amid Zika fears
Glecion Fernando holds his 2 month old son Guilherme Soares Amorim, who was born with microcephaly, near at her house in Ipojuca, Brazil, February 1, 2016. Brazil's top health official said on Monday that the Zika virus outbreak is proving to be worse than believed because most cases show no symptoms, but improved testing should allow the country to get a better grip on the burgeoning public health crisis. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

CAIRO: Egypt’s Health Ministry warned Egyptian pregnant women and those who plan to conceive against traveling to Central and South America, in a Wednesday statement.

If any symptoms occurred after returning from the states where the disease is endemic, the patient must head to the nearest fever hospital, the statement said.

On Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika virus a global health emergency. Although a link has not been conclusively proven, there is a correlation in a number of South American countries of cases babies suffering from microcephaly born to mothers that were infected with Zika while pregnant.

Mosquitoes from the Aedes aegypti genus exist at a limited-scale in Egypt, but they do not carry the Zika virus, head of the Preventive Medicine sector Amr Qandil told Youm7 Sunday.

The virus “does not exist in Egypt” and the East Mediterranean region has not recorded a single case, according to a Sunday Health Ministry statement.

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