Second imported case of Zika virus detected in Cuba

Source: Granma
March 4 2016

by ministerio salud publica | internet@granma.cu

Manzanillo GranmaThe second imported case of Zika virus has been detected in a Cuban nurse aged 51, a resident of the city of Manzanillo, in Granma province, who was collaborating in the state of Táchira, Venezuela, and arrived in the country on February 23, 2016.

hospital celia sanchez manduiey.jpgThe patient began to experience an itchy rash and swelling and pain in her left hand that same day. On the 25th she was admitted to the Celia Sánchez Manduley Hospital, where a test for the Zika virus was taken and sent to the Pedro Kouri Institute of Tropical Medicine (IPK).

From the very beginning, all epidemiological and vector control measures established for such cases were undertaken.

On March 2, the IPK laboratory confirmed that the Real-Time PCR test conducted on admittance to hospital had proven positive for the Zika virus.

The patient is at present asymptomatic and showing signs of good health.

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