A 27-year-old Belgian woman, who had traveled to Easter Island, sought medical attention after traveling to Tahiti. She presentied with fever, asthenia, diarrhea, retro-orbital pain. She was diagnosed with Zika virus infection, according to a Cooperativa report Wednesday (computer translated).
A large outbreak, more than 8,500 suspected cases, of the mosquito borne viral disease, Zika fever was reported in the French Polynesian islands of Tahiti, Tahaa, Uturoa, Bora-Bora, Taiohae, and Arutua earlier this year.
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a flavivirus related to yellow fever, dengue, West Nile, and Japanese encephalitis viruses; however, ZIKV produces a comparatively mild disease in humans. It was first isolated from an infected rhesus monkey in the Zika Forest of Uganda in 1947.
Its relatively rare to see ZIKV outside of Africa and Asia. The virus is transmitted to humans via mosquitoes of the genus Aedes.
There is currently no vaccine or medicine to prevent Zika fever. Travelers can protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites.
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