Cuba Confirms Zero Cases of the Zika Virus

Source:  TeleSUR
January 29 2016

cuba confirms zero cases of zika virus.pngA health official walks past residents as he carries out fumigation to help control the spread of chikungunya and dengue fever, Mar.6, 2015 | Photo: Reuters

The Cuban Health authorities confirmed Friday that there are still no cases of the Zika virus on the island.

“Even though no known cases have affected Cuba, we must continue to be vigilant in our monitoring efforts,” Director of the Cuban Health Minister Francisco Duran stated.

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Virus spreading explosively

The Cuban health official went on to note that the virus is “spreading explosively” and could infect as many as 4 million people in the Americas, citing the latest figures from the World Health Organization. The WHO would convene an emergency meeting Monday to help determine its response, she said.

who on zika virus.jpg“The level of alarm is extremely high,” Chan told the Geneva gathering.

GALLERY: Zika Virus Spreads Across Latin America

The virus, transmitted by mosquito, has spread across most of Latin American since a surge in infections was first detected in Brazil last October. Its symptoms include fever and joint pain that last about a week. It may also cause brain defects in children born to infected mothers.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, no confirmed cases of Zika have led to death, and symptoms normally last no longer than a week.

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