BREAKING NEWS! First case of Zika Virus confirmed in Spain
The health ministry in Spain has officially confirmed that a pregnant woman has been diagnosed with the Zika virus. It is believed that the woman had recently returned from a trip to Colombia, which is one of the known infected countries. According to the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality (MSSSI), the woman is in her second trimester of pregnancy and is under medical supervision.
The CDC has advised women to protect themselves if their male partner has travelled to any of the infected countries.
“Until we know more, if your male sexual partner has traveled to or lives in an area with active Zika virus transmission, you should abstain from sex or use condoms the right way every time you have vaginal, anal, and oral sex for the duration of the pregnancy”
The Zika virus has been linked to birth defects such as microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with undeveloped brains. The WHO declared a global public health emergency earlier this week, after the virus had spread rapidly across the South American continent.
The MSSSI further states:
Imported diagnosed cases fall within expectations and do not present a risk of spreading the virus in Spain. -MSSSI
Read more on the Zika virus:
- WHO declares Zika virus an international emergency – Flavible.
- Zika outbreak: What you need to know – BBC
- Zika travel information – CDC
- Zika Virus – WHO