The mosquito-borne Zika virus is getting closer to Dominica with neighbouring French island, Martinique, becoming the latest Caribbean country to report confirmed cases.
That island is the 11 country in the region to confirm the disease, and 12 to confirm local transmission.
Recently Dr. Joy St. John, Director of Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA said), “In the last decade, the Caribbean has been wrestling with wave after wave of vector-borne diseases. During the last two years, the region has seen unrelenting outbreaks of Chikungunya, and more recently Zika.”
Last month CARPHA confirmed five cases of Zika in Suriname. Transmission of the virus has also been reported in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Suriname and Venezuela.
Zika fever is a disease caused by the Zika virus (ZIKV), transmitted by mosquitoes of the genus Aedes. This virus was first isolated in 1947 from rhesus monkey samples, in the Zika forest in Uganda. The virus was named after the region where it was first collected.
Zika is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe illness requiring hospitalisation is uncommon.
Symptoms of the Zika virus include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes.