Zika Virus Reaches the Caribbean Community

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, November 12, 2015.  On November 09, 2015, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) confirmed five (5) case of Zika virus in a territory of the Caribbean Community.  Earlier this year, suspected cases of the mosquito-borne disease were reported in Brazil and the Dominican Republic.

Zika is a viral disease, transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is also the insect vector for Dengue and Chikungunya.  The symptoms are also very similar to these diseases and include fever, muscle and joint pain, headache, nausea, and rash.  There is no vaccine or treatment for Zika and symptoms last approximately four to seven days.  Complications are rare and no deaths due to Zika have ever been recorded.  Read more...

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