The first case of the zika virus in French St. Martin has been biologically confirmed to health authority Agence Regional de Santé (ARS) of Guadeloupe, St. Martin and St. Barths by a laboratory in Marseilles, with another case confirmed in Guadeloupe.
The victims are a man residing in St. Martin and a girl in Grand Terre, Guadeloupe. St. Barths also has three suspected cases registered.
The French Institute for Public Health, L’Insitut de Veille Sanitaire (INVS), which already has published two bulletins on zika in the Antilles-Guiana region, said, “In all likelihood, the virus is going to spread rapidly throughout the Caribbean.”
Zika was confirmed in French Guiana and Martinique at the end of December.