CARIBBEAN: CDC issues travel warning as Zika virus reported in Puerto Rico

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CARIBBEAN: CDC issues travel warning as Zika virus reported in Puerto Rico

Mosquito_Tasmania_cropCARIBBEAN 360 – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued a travel warning following the first reported case of Zika virus in Puerto Rico.

The outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus began in Brazil last May, followed by outbreaks in several Central and South American countries, according to the CDC warning.

A “locally transmitted” case was seen in Puerto Rico in December, which means, the CDC says, that Puerto Rico’s mosquitos have been infected with the virus and can spread it to humans.

Puerto Rico’s Health Secretary Ana Rius confirmed on Thursday that the unidentified patient, who lives in the island’s eastern region, had not travelled recently.

The CDC consequently advises tourists headed to Zika-detected areas in South America, Central America, the Caribbean or Mexico to protect themselves from mosquito bites, according to a TravelPulse report.

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  1. It's spreading for sure. Who would have thought that the tiny annoying mosquito would be the vector for so many diseases in the Caribbean and the rest of the Americas.

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