The U.K.’s Ministry of Health said Friday that women who have Zika-related complications can be spared elective brain surgeries.
The announcement came as the first confirmed cases of Zika virus in the U.N.-recognized world body’s most populous country were confirmed.
The ministry said that while the number of confirmed cases had dropped by a few hundred in recent days, a further 20,000 people are believed to be infected with Zika, a virus that can cause mild symptoms including fever, joint pain and muscle aches and pains.
The Ministry of health did not release any data on the reasons for the decision.
Zika was first discovered in the northeastern Brazilian state of Para in December.
In the past week, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said there have been 4,000 cases in the Americas, including the U,S.
and Canada, and that the disease has now been confirmed in all but two countries.
Zika has been linked to a range of health problems, including birth defects, neurological problems and behavioral issues.
More than 5,000 pregnant women have been infected, and thousands more are infected each day.
The virus has been found to be passed from mosquito to mosquito, but some studies have shown that the virus is also passed from people to other people.