Friday, 29 January 2016

Mosquito transmitted ZIKA virus hits Germany

Cases of the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus have been reported in Germany following confirmation a Danish tourist has also tested positive for the illness.

According to n-tv, “multiple German travel returnees” have been diagnosed with the virus, however the World Health Organisation says there have been two German cases of the virus in tourists returning to the country.

A WHO statement released on 21 January says: “Between 4 and 12 January 2016, the National IHR Focal Point for Germany notified PAHO/WHO of two cases of ZIKA virus infection in German nationals who had returned from Haiti to Germany in late December."

WHO says samples from both patients were collected and sent for laboratory testing at the national reference centre for tropical diseases in Germany and they tested positive.

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