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.

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