Three laboratories in Czech Republic to carry tests for Zika virus

Three laboratories of the National Institute of Public Health in Prague, Ostrava and Ústí nad Labem will be carrying out tests for the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Special preventive measures will not have to be taken in case of a suspicion of the disease, since the virus in not transmitted from person to person, health Minister Svatopluk Němeček said in a report which will be presented to the government on Wednesday. The Zika virus, which has spread from Brazil to more than 20 countries, is linked to severe brain damage or death in infants born to mothers who contracted the disease during pregnancy.