Published On: Tue, Nov 1st, 2016

This year 820 registered cases of Zika virus

Izzy GerstenbluthWILLEMSTAD - After the first case of Zika Curaçao was diagnosed in January, the number of confirmed cases has so far risen to 820. This has epidemiologist Izzy Gerstenbluth said recently at a press conference.

In total, blood samples of more than 3,000 people were studied in the laboratories. The actual number of people infected is much higher since most patients have no fever or only a slight increase of body temperature. Most people have a rash with or without itching. Other symptoms may include malaise, red eyes, aching joints, feet, and legs.

Zika can be dangerous for the unborn child. Recently, there were reports of a new virus that could have sprung up on the island, possibly the Mayaro virus. Izzy Gerstenbluth considers the probability that it is indeed Mayaro very small, given that is normally transmitted by a different mosquito species, which appears in jungles.

He assumes that it is the Zika phenomena. But he does not rule out the possibility of Mayaro virus on the island.

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