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ZIKV case recorded in Caribbean, 12-year-old girl hospitalised

Published:Monday | June 8, 2015 | 2:00 PM

Media reports are indicating that the mosquito-borne virus, Zika or ZIKV, is now in the Caribbean.

A report from the El Nueve Diario in the Dominican Republic, say a case of the virus has been recorded in the country.

The report states a 12-year-old girl from Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic contracted the virus and is currently hospitalised in a private clinic in the city.

It comes one month after Brazilian media reported on a number of Zika virus infections in that South American country.

Last month, Jamaica's Permanent Secretary in the Health Ministry, Dr Kevin Harvey, said the outbreak of the virus in Brazil poses a potential threat to Jamaica.

He said the ministry is taking the threat very seriously as the virus is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito which also carries the dengue and Chikungunya viruses.

The threat of the new mosquito virus comes less than a year after the Chikungunya virus was declared an epidemic in the Caribbean and governments including Jamaica's were criticised for being ill-prepared.