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Two suspected cases of Zika emerge

February 14, 2016 7:47 pm

Two suspected cases of Zika virus have been identified by the Health Ministry.

This has been confirmed to FBC news by National Advisor for Communicable Diseases Dr Mike Kama.

Dr Kama says the blood samples of a man and a woman suspected to be infected with Zika virus have been sent to a lab in French Polynesia for testing.

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“By this week-, we will get some results, whether it is positive or negative. Again there is a case definition for Zika virus positive cases and it has to have a laboratory test or a PCR test or Polymerase Chain Reaction test so we are siting on that number at the moment of two suspected cases.”

Dr Kama says it is believed the two contracted the virus while away overseas.

After the emergence of these two suspected cases the Ministry will increase its surveillance at all borders.

Symptoms of Zika virus include fever, rash, joint pains and red eyes. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week.

The World Health Organisation has declared an international emergency on Zika.

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