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Friday, 05 February 2016 - 12:59
WHO Advises Against Blood Donations From People Returning From Zika Areas
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The World Health Organization advised countries against accepting blood donations from people who have travelled to regions affected by the Zika virus, as Spain announced Europe's first known case of the disease in a pregnant woman.

With dozens of cases emerging in Europe and North America from travelers returning from affected areas, WHO stressed the potential link between Zika and microcephaly - which causes children to be born with abnormally small heads - and urged health authorities to take precautions.

Meanwhile, in the first case of its kind in Europe, Spain's health ministry said a pregnant woman who had returned from Colombia had been diagnosed with the virus.

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