What is Zika, where did it come from and how is it transmitted?
This is a disease caused by the Zika virus (ZIKV), transmitted by mosquitoes of the genus Aedes. The virus was first isolated in 1947 from rhesus monkey samples, in the Zika forest in Uganda. The virus was named after the region where it was first collected.The main route of transmission is through the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. About 4 days (can be 3-12 days) after being bitten by an infected mosquito the patient can start to exhibit the first signs and symptoms.
Bringing the Region together to stop the spread of Zika and protect our communities against other diseases spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito including Dengue and Chikungunya.
What can travellers, hotels and guesthouses in the Caribbean do to prevent and prepare for Zika?
Map of CARPHA Members States (CMS) and surrounding territories with laboratory confirmed cases of Zika virus, 2015-2016. The map also shows date of first laboratory-confirmed Zika case for CARPHA Member States.
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Current status in CARPHA Member States and Surrounding Territories:
The Member States of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) are working together on a Zika campaign with the slogan "Eliminate mosquito breeding today, keep Zika away" campaign. Visit the page to browse the information.
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