The Burmese consulate in Chiang Mai has issued a warning to expectant mothers to postpone any travel plans to the northern Thai city amid a spread of the Zika virus.

The consulate’s announcement came this week after health officials in Chiang Mai reported confirmed cases of Zika infections, including a pregnant Burmese migrant worker.

“We are giving a heads up to expectant mothers planning to travel to Chiang Mai so that they can prevent contracting the virus, which is carried by mosquitoes,” said San Yu Kyaw, the Burmese consul in the city.

“Government health officials in Chiang Mai also have issued warnings to the public to take precautions and seek medical attention if someone starts showing the symptoms, and for expectant mothers visiting the town to take check-ups at hospitals.”

Symptoms of Zika virus infection include high body temperature, itching, red eye, muscle pain, and headache.

San Yu Kyaw said the consulate staff have not met the Burma migrant woman who was diagnosed with Zika, but they are aware that she is currently under quarantine by Thailand health officials.

According to Thai media reports, there have been 20 confirmed cases of Zika in four provinces across Thailand, with 11 in Chiang Mai alone.

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