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The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus transmitted primarily by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

Zika virus infections have been confirmed in infants with microcephaly, and in the current outbreak in Brazil, a marked increase in the number of infants born with microcephaly has been reported. Because there is no vaccine or prophylactic medication available to prevent Zika virus infection, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that pregnant women consider postponing travel to areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

As part of our Occupational Health program, SGS has issued a notice to employees either living in countries with active Zika virus transmission or who plan to travel to these countries to follow the precautions recommended by the World Health Organization to prevent mosquito bites, and to proactively manage the situation using the SGS Malaria Control and Prevention procedures detailed in our Operational Integrity Management System (OIMS). Alongside written guidance, SGS also provides malaria awareness and prevention training to employees considered to be at risk from infection.