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Dominica confirms Seven Cases of Zika Virus

Dominica confirms Seven Cases of Zika Virus
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(photo provided) Pregnant woman

DOMINICA (Sept. 8, 2016) — Dominica has confirmed that seven pregnant women had contracted the mosquito-borne Zika virus in addition to two other cases of people with the Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) but the good news is that island’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Johnson says “there is no known case of a pregnant woman who has delivered a microcephaly case.

Microcephaly is a birth defect in which a baby’s head is smaller than expected and which is said to be related to the Zika virus.

CMC News is reporting that Johnson said the “individuals are being monitored on a regular basis.”

Johnson said that one of the pregnant women had just delivered her baby “and by all reports the baby is doing fine, showing no signs and symptoms of microcephaly”.

He said that regarding the GBS, health authorities have not yet determined if the illness had been linked to the Zika virus.

Johnson said although there are no Zika-related deaths in Dominica and the island is doing fine in terms of managing the virus, more must be done in terms of source reduction of the Aedes Egypti mosquito which is the main transmitter of the disease.

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