Health Minister Dr. Kenneth Darroux confirms that Dominica has recorded its first case of the Zika virus
Dominica has recorded its first case of the Zika Virus. This confirmation was announced by Health Minister, Dr. Kenneth Darroux in an official statement Tuesday.
According to Dr. Darroux, this confirmed case does not have any history of travelling outside of Dominica in the recent past and constitutes a locally transmitted case.
He stated further that the patient has since recovered well, is currently at home.
Since May 2015, the geographical distribution of Zika virus has steadily broaden to 36 countries in the Americas and the Caribbean including the neighboring islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique and the emergence of the virus in the Americas, has been associated with an increase in cases of microcephaly in Brazil, leading the experts at the World Health Organization to strongly suspect a relationship between Zika infection during pregnancy and microcephaly, as well as the neurological disorders i.e. Guillan Barre´, Meningoencephalitis, amongst others.
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