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HPSC and Department of Foreign Affairs in daily contact over Zika pre-Rio

That is according to the Health Threats Co-ordination Group meeting on 29 June, minutes of which have been seen by the Medical Independent (MI) following a Freedom of Information request.

However, a Department of Health spokesperson told MI that those athletes who have returned from Brazil have not had to receive any “additional measures”.

“All individuals who are returning from an affected area who have symptoms of Zika or concerns regarding the infection have been advised to go to their medical professional,” the Department spokesperson told MI.

“Athletes required no additional measures in terms of actions and advice over and above the general population.”

The spokesperson also provided an update on the number of Zika cases recorded in Ireland: “As of 23 September 2016, there have been 14 imported, unrelated adult cases of Zika virus infection confirmed in Ireland.”

The Health Threats Co-ordination Group is scheduled to meet again on 30 November. 

The Irish response to Zika is being co-ordinated at a national level by the Health Threats Co-ordination Group. There is also a Zika Transport Subgroup and a Zika Communications Subgroup. 

The HPSC has issued specific advice regarding Zika virus to health professionals and other relevant groups.

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