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Zika Virus and Pregnancy

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Larry Goodyer

Prof. Larry Goodyer, MPharm Phd MRPharmS FFTM RCPS(Glasg) FRGS

Medical Director

As well as being the Nomad Medical Director he is currently Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Leicester School of Pharmacy at De Montfort University.
He is one of the leading international pharmacist experts in the field of travel medicine and a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow. Prof Goodyer is currently the Vice Chair of the British Travel and Global Health Association and editor of their Journal. He is a council member and past Chair of the Pharmacist Professional Group of the International Society of Travel Medicines. He has researched and written widely on areas of Travel Medicine as well as appearing on radio and television on the subject.

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Using the Nomad clinic services gives you a one-to-one experience with a qualified, highly trained, travel health nurse.

The consultation includes:

  • A detailed medical history
  • Risk assessment based on style and length of your trip
  • Advice on preventative measures you can take

Your pharmacy based travel clinic is all very well but for specialist advice at the same or lower cost come to Nomad. This is strongly advised if you are on a more adventurous or complex itinerary, or have special medical needs. Nomad Travel Clinics are specialists in:

  • Last minute travel
  • Complex itineraries
  • Travel health and existing medical conditions
  • Open 6 days per week

allowing 6-8 weeks for your vaccination programme, you have time to fit in full courses of vaccines where required which provides you with the best possible protection against certain vaccine preventable diseases. If you don’t have time to complete courses before you go, you risk travelling with little or even no protection against sometimes high risk diseases.

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Zika Virus continues to spread in North & South America, the Caribbean and has even reached Europe. Nomad Medical Director, Professor Larry Goodyer, has news on the latest developments in our understanding of ZIka Virus and it's effects on pregnancy.

The latest news from the American CDC about Zika is what we have all been waiting to hear - brain damage in children is confirmed scientifically as being caused by the ZIKA virus spread by mosquitoes. This will put pay to rumours of other sources of the cause of the brain defects, such as the use of certain pesticides in crop spraying.

The advice remains the same regarding preventing catching the disease, which most importantly means avoiding the bite of the daytime biting Aedes mosquito. At Nomad we have the full range of the most effective Bite Avoidance products and our expert Travel Nurses are on hand at our 10 clinics to give advice concerning Zika Virus before you travel.

All travellers, including those who are pregnant or planning to concieve in the near future is to keep up a good Bite Avoidance routine as follows:

• Cover up arms and legs - wear long loose fitted clothing. 
• Apply insect repellents containing DEET to exposed skins and re apply frequently - always apply over suncream (DEET can also be used safely in pregnancy)
• Treat your clothing with insecticides made with permethrin – it will kill any mosquitoes that land on your clothes. 
• Use air conditioning, seal windows and plug-in or mosquito coils to kill any mosquitoes that might get into your room.
• Sleep under mosquito nets if in basic accommodation or require extra protection