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Birmingham Health Chief Dr Adrian Phillips Issues Advice Regarding The Zika Virus

Birmingham health chief Adrian Phillips has advised pregnant women not to travel to the Rio Olympic Games due to the risk of contracting the Zika virus.

Zika has been strongly linked to a rise in birth defects in Brazil and the World Health Organization has advised pregnant women not to travel to areas affected by the mosquito-borne virus.

Director of Public Health Dr Phillips has urged pregnant women in Birmingham to heed the advice, warning: “If you are pregnant the advice is very clear: postpone your travel if possible. If you absoluetly have to travel to Rio, please visit your doctor first to get all the advice you need for the trip.”

Anyone planning to attend the Olympics should:

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