Suspected cases “not Zika”
Minister of Public Health Altagracia Guzman Marcelino says that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) tests on five suspected cases of Zika virus have yielded a negative result. The samples were taken from patients in several parts of the Greater Santo Domingo area. The Zika virus, which has already been confirmed in Puerto Rico, is spread by the Aedes aegyptus mosquito, which also transmits dengue fever and chikungunya. Yesterday, Tuesday 12 December 2016, the Minister advised women to avoid getting pregnant while the threat of the disease was present in the Dominican Republic because the virus is suspected of causing serious birth defects (microcephaly) in babies.
In the meantime, the Pan American Health Organization is warning everyone traveling in warmer areas of the Americas to take care to prevent mosquito bites. Pregnant women need to take special care, PAHO says.
“Research is currently underway on possible mother-to-child transmission of the virus and its effects on babies. Pregnant women in general, and particularly those who develop symptoms of Zika virus infection, should be closely monitored by health providers,” warns PAHO, the regional arm of the World Health Organization.
Zika symptoms include a low level fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis.
Source: DR1, DiarioLibre
Jan 13, 2016
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