More than 259 suspected cases of zika virus in Tonga
February 4, 2016 12:49 am
Tonga’s Ministry of Health has confirmed two pregnant women have contracted the mosquito borne zika virus.
Radio Tonga reports there is a possibility that their unborn babies can be affected by the virus.
Tonga’s Minister of Health, Saia Piukala has told Parliament the zika virus is believed to have been spread by five Tongans who arrived in the country last week.
As of Wednesday last week, a total of 259 people were referred to the Ministry of Health with symptoms related to zika virus.
The Ministry said 35 specimens were still away overseas for analysis.
Dr Piukala has called on Australia, New Zealand and World Health Organisation to assist in destroying mosquito breeding areas.
He urged members of the public to rest and drink a lot water if they feel that they have contracted the zika virus.