Japanese experts are calling on pregnant women to refrain from traveling to areas with ongoing Zika virus outbreaks.
The Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology issued the advisory on its website after several cases of Zika infection were reported in the country this year.
These cases involve people who have come back to Japan after contracting the disease in Latin America and other areas where the virus is spreading.
The society is also urging pregnant women to take every precaution not to be bitten by mosquitos if they must make the trip.
Scientists suspect possible links between the mosquito-borne virus and an increase in babies born with abnormally small heads.
Satoru Takeda with the society says many babies have been born with microcephaly in Brazil, although how the Zika virus affects fetuses and pregnant women is still not clear.
The World Health Organization has issued a similar travel advice to pregnant women regarding the virus.
Source and image: NHK