Report: Two Confirmed Cases of Zika Virus in Australia

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The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the the New South Wales (NSW) Health Department has confirmed two cases of Zika virus in Australia from passengers traveling from the Caribbean back to Sydney.

However, the department said the virus did not pose a serious threat to Australia.

"It is very unlikely that Zika virus established local transmission in NSW as the mosquitoes that spread the infection are not established here - although they are found in some parts of north Queensland," Dr. Vicky Sheppeard, director of communicable diseases, said in the Sydney Morning Herald report.

The department said the NSW residents had mild cases of the virus and have now recovered.

Women who are pregnant, or could be pregnant, are being advised to consider delaying their travel to regions where there is active Zika virus outbreaks, including parts of South and Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Samoa and Tonga.

In 2014 there were four cases of Zika virus diagnosed in NSW from people who travelled from Cook Island and one confirmed case in 2015 from a traveler from the Solomon Island, according to the report.

The department said there were no other cases at this time, according to the report. 

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