The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) added Haiti to it’s list of countries and territories with autochthonous Zika virus transmission reported making it the 14th country since 2015 and the third country in the Caribbean.
PAHO’s Communicable Disease and Health Analysis director Marcos Espinal warned that there are many people who will contract Zika without knowing it. However, he also noted there is no need for alarm.
“The zika virus isn’t a cause to go crazy. The diagnosis is for monitoring. The main thing here is to control the vectors (mosquitoes). The virus shouldn’t cause alarm among the population.”
Health officials in Argentina have confirmed a imported case of Zika virus infection in a traveler from Paraguay, where local transmission of the mosquito borne virus has already been established, according to a local media report (computer translated). Health officials do state that there is “no virus circulation” to date.