GUYANA: One case of Zika virus reported

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zika-virus.jpgDr. George Norton, Minister of Public Health, on Thursday told the National Assembly that the virus was detected by the Caribbean Public Health Agency in a blood sample taken from a 27-year-old woman.

Haiti also confirmed the presence of the virus in that country on Thursday.

Local transmission of the Zika virus has now been found in 15 Western Hemisphere countries and territories. The Aedes aegypti mosquito that transports the virus is found throughout the region, except in Chile and Canada. PAHO said it is likely that outbreaks will occur in other countries that have not yet reported cases.

The symptoms include mild fever, rash and headaches occurring about three to twelve days after the mosquito bite. Its clinical manifestation is often similar to dengue fever.