First cases of the mosquito-borne virus confirmed
Barbados has recorded its first cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.
A release from the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) late today quoted the Ministry of Health as confirming three cases of the disease, which is spread by the Aedes mosquito that also transmits Dengue and Chikungunya.
“. . . of the eight samples sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing, three were positive and five negative for the virus,” the release stated.
It did not say when the virus was contracted or how it reached Barbados, but Minister of Health John Boyce announced last week that samples had been sent to CARPHA for confirmatory testing. This means the three cases have likely been healed since the symptoms last between two and seven days.
The most common symptoms of Zika are mild fever and skin rash, usually accompanied by conjunctivitis, muscle or joint pain, and general malaise, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Most people won’t know they have it as only one out of four infected people develops symptoms, PAHO has said.