Mexican health officials have reported 50 Zika virus infections through epidemiological week 4, or essentially during the month of January 2016 with the vast majority of cases being reported from two federal entities–Chiapas and Oaxaca.
Last month, Chiapas saw 25 Zika cases, while Oaxaca reported 21. The remaining cases were reported in Guerrero, Sinaloa, Veracruz and Yucatan, according to the health ministry’s epidemiology report.
70 percent of the infections reports were in females. There has been no reported cases of microcephaly or GBS to date.
Concerning other vector borne diseases transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, Mexico reported 439 dengue fever cases in January with Chiapas, Guerrero, Tabasco and Veracruz state reported the most. 224 cases of severe dengue were also reported.
Health officials also saw 49 chikungunya cases this year to date.
Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. People with Zika virus disease usually have symptoms that can include mild fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache. These symptoms normally last for 2-7 days.
There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available. The best form of prevention is protection against mosquito bites.
The virus is known to circulate in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.
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