SABC News - First Zika case confirmed in South Africa:Friday 19 February 2016

First Zika case confirmed in South Africa

Friday 19 February 2016 20:55

SABC

The businessman was in South Africa for four days when he complained of a fever.

The businessman was in South Africa for four days when he complained of a fever. (REUTERS)

The first confirmed case of the Zika Virus disease has been reported in South Africa. The case is that of a Colombian man, who has recently travelled to South Africa from his home country.

The businessman was in South Africa for four days when he complained of a fever.

Zika virus is transmitted to humans through a mosquito that transmits other viruses like yellow fever, dengue and chikungunya.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says, “A Colombian businessman who visited Johannesburg has been diagnosed with Zika by a private Johannesburg pathology laboratory. At the moment the NICD is busy conducting confirmatory tests. This businessman was in SA for four days when he went to see his doctor because of fever and rash, but now he is fully recovered. This infection was acquired in Colombia before he visited Johannesburg.”

Meanwhile, preliminary results of a US-Brazilian study on the link between the Zika virus that is spreading through the Americas and birth defects will be ready between March and May, a senior US public health official said on Friday.

The US government is "very concerned" about a surge of the mosquito-borne virus in Puerto Rico when the weather warms up and "extremely concerned" about the impact Zika can have on Haiti where dengue is endemic, Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said after meeting with Brazilian medical researchers.

SABC News spoke to the Minister, click to watch below:

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