The World Health Organization (WHO) has published guidance for pregnant women concerned about the Zika virus.
Amid fears that the mosquito-borne infection can cause foetal abnormalities, the agency issued advice on a number of areas – including facts on prevention and how the illness is transmitted to others.
The main points included:
:: There is no evidence to suggest Zika is transmitted to babies through breastfeeding
:: Early ultrasound cannot accurately predict the presence of microcephaly – which can cause abnormally small heads in infants. However, the WHO stressed that there is only a “possible association” between this rare condition and Zika.