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New ‘imported’ Zika case reported

Another “imported” case of Zika has been reported on the island, but there has yet to be a case of the virus being transmitted.

According to the Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit website, a single imported Zika case was reported on the island this month after four straight months without any cases of the virus.

The case is the sixth since August 2016 in which someone contracted the virus overseas and was diagnosed on the island. However, the website reiterates that there has still been no known local transmission of Zika virus in Bermuda.

The virus made headlines last year as it spread through the Caribbean and South America. It is primarily transmitted via mosquitoes. However, there have also been cases of the virus being transmitted sexually.

While many who contract the virus experience no symptoms, those who do can suffer fever, rash, red eyes and joint pain. More seriously, the virus can pass from a pregnant mother to her unborn baby, potentially causing birth defects. As a result, pregnant women are advised to avoid travelling to countries with an ongoing outbreak.

As of yesterday, the Centre for Disease Control continued to list islands throughout the Caribbean as areas where the virus is being spread, along with most of South and Central America.

Several transmission cases have also been reported in the United States, including 214 cases in Florida and six in Texas.

Zika is primarily transmitted via mosquitoes

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Published February 10, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated February 10, 2017 at 6:39 am)

New ‘imported’ Zika case reported

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