Pregnant women in Zika virus buffer zone

THERE are five pregnant women living in the 200 metre zone around The Globe Hotel, with one concerningly in her first trimester.

However, Queensland Health has assured them the risk of Zika virus spreading is "extraordinarily low".

Rockhampton MP Bill Byrne returned from parliament this morning and met with health officials and some residents in the area.

"There are five ladies that are pregnant that we're aware of at this point that are inside the buffer zone," he said. "There is an intention to test all the pregnant ladies at this point."

Kerryn Coleman, from Queensland Health, said anyone who begins feeling unwell should visit their GP to discuss symptoms and possibly have a blood test.

"The test depends on when they may have become infected with the mosquito," she said. "As with most diseases, it can take a little while until we can detect the change in the body that's associated with infection.

"It may take up to a couple of weeks before we're able to detect any change in the blood. (Test results) generally take two or three days."

However, she said the risk of anyone becoming infected with Zika is very low.


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