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Martinique joins list of regional countries with Zika virus infection

Published:Sunday | December 27, 2015 | 12:42 PM

Martinique has become the 11th country in the region to confirm reports of the mosquito borne virus Zika, and the 12th country to confirm local transmission of the disease.

Last month , the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) confirmed five cases of Zika in Suriname. Transmission of the virus has also been reported in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Suriname and Venezuela.

Zika is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe illness requiring hospitalisation is uncommon.

Symptoms of the Zika virus include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes.