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Dominican Republic confirms 10 cases of Zika virus

Photo credit: A worker of the Salvadorean Ministry of Health fumigates a house in Soyapango, 6 kilometers from San Salvador, El Salvador, 21 January 2016. Salvadorean authorities have began a three days campaign of fumigation to reduce the presence of the mosquito that transmit the Zika virus. EPA/Oscar Rivera

Santo Domingo: The Dominican Republic said Saturday it has 10 confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the ailment suspected of causing serious birth defects in newborns.

Minister for Public Health Altagracia Guzman Marcelino said that the cases had been confirmed in the National District, the municipality of Santo Domingo North, Barahona and Jimani. Those affected by the virus are between the ages of 15 and 57 and two children under the age of five. Altagracia Guzman said lab testing of samples sent to the United States had confirmed Zika in 10 out of 27 suspected cases.

“In light of this finding, it is imperative to adopt strict measures across the nation to prevent and contain this illness,” Guzman said.

Zika has been linked to a birth defect known as microcephaly, when babies are born with malformed and abnormally small heads. It is also associated with a higher incidence of miscarriages.

Proposed measures to contain the illness include stepped-up mosquito eradication, including eliminating standing water that can be breeding grounds for the insects.

Around 1.5 million people in Brazil have been infected in just eight months and 14 countries across South and Central America, including Haiti, have reported locally-acquired cases.

Source: AFP, DT

Jan 25, 2016

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