Thursday, January 21, 2016

Zika Virus Reported in Bolivia and Guadeloupe

Authorities reported local transmission of the Zika virus in Bolivia and Guadeloupe. Two weeks ago, there was a report about an imported Zika infection in Bolivia in a traveler to Brazil. The Bolivian health ministry is now reporting that aside from the three imported cases in Santa Cruz, a locally transmitted case was detected in the town of Portachuelo.

According to Joaquin Monasterio, the director of health services for Santa Cruz department, the case involves a woman who has been pregnant for eight-weeks and has no history of travel outside the country.

In addition, the southern Caribbean island group of Guadeloupe also reported its first local transmission of the Zika virus involving a patient from Grande Terre.

The Regional Health Agency reported on Saturday that the case is considered indigenous because none of the locals had traveled within fifteen days before the onset of symptoms.

These developments bring the number of countries and territories in the Western hemisphere with confirmed local transmission of Zika virus to 20.

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