Fourth imported case of Zika virus detected in Cuba

Source:  Granma
March 10 2016

According to a press release from the Ministry of Public Health (Minsap), a fourth imported case of Zika virus has been detected in Cuba

by: ministerio salud publica | internet@granma.cu

zika virus.jpgThe fourth imported case of Zika virus has been detected, corresponding to a 30 year old computer engineer from the city of Las Tunas, who arrived in the country from Venezuela (Caracas) on March 5, 2016. The patient is a resident at the University of Computer Sciences, where she works.

The day after her arrival, she displayed symptoms including headache, back pain, a rash on her face and torso, as well as a mild burning sensation when urinating, for which she was admitted to the Pedro Kouri Institute of Tropical Medicine (IPK), where a test for Zika was undertaken that same day.

On March 8, the IPK laboratory confirmed that the Real-Time PCR test conducted on admittance to hospital had proven positive for the Zika virus.

The patient remains hospitalized and is showing signs of good health, with a rash.

The third imported case

On March 9, a third imported case of the Zika virus was detected.  According to a note from the Ministry of Public Health (Minsap), the person was a Cuban collaborator aged 43, from the municipality of Florida, in Camagüey province, who was working as a laboratory technician in Merida, Venezuela, and who had arrived in the country on March 1, 2016.

That same day he began to experience a headache and the following day a rash appeared on his chest. On March 2, he was admitted to the Amalia Simoni Hospital in the city of Camagüey, 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 7, 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 showing signs of good health, with a discreet rash.

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