The Times of London – UK English – Health Care and Safety – Health, Drugs and Healthcare – Health – Home Health and Wellbeing – News – Health and Safety News, News, Health and Science, Health, Nursing, Health Care, Health care news, health care, news, UK, UK health, UK News, UK Health and Fitness, UK news, British, UK The UK Health Protection Agency (UKHPA) issued a warning this morning that it was warning people to be careful of skin cancer and other infections that may be caused by the common mosquito vector Zoonotic, also known as Zoonosis, due to the possible rise in cases of infections due to Zika.
The warning comes amid a sharp increase in cases in some countries such as Brazil, where the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the virus a public health emergency.
The UKHPA said that in Brazil alone, there have been more than 1,500 reported cases of zoonotic infection.
It is the second warning from the UKHpa, after it warned of possible Zika-related deaths, after the first came in April.
“We recognise that there is a risk of an increased risk of skin cancers caused by Zika, especially in older people and those with underlying conditions, and we advise people to avoid mosquito bites, particularly in areas where there is an increased likelihood of transmission from mosquitoes,” the UK HPA said in a statement.
The WHO has declared Zika a public-health emergency.
Zoonotic infections have become more common in the US and Brazil as a result of a surge in cases caused by Zoonoses.
Brazil’s health ministry says the number of cases has reached nearly 1,700, but it is still unclear how many cases were caused by mosquitoes, or whether the Zika virus was the reason for the surge.
Meanwhile, an American doctor, who is now being investigated by the US Health Department, told ABC News that he and his colleagues had received a call from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday asking them to be prepared for Zika-associated infections and other diseases, including pneumonia.
He said that the CDC did not have any information about possible cases, but that they would have to check with the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Health officials have said the virus has not been linked to the outbreak in Brazil.
In a statement issued earlier this week, the US Federal Communications Commission said that it had received an anonymous complaint from a US citizen who was concerned about the health impacts of the Zika outbreak.
The FCC said that if the individual were able to confirm that the person in question had contracted Zika, they would be notified.
ABC News’ Nicky Hager contributed to this report