The South Africa Health Ministry is reporting the first case of imported Zika vius in a Colombian businessman visiting the country, according to South African media.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said, “The confirmation of this particular case poses no risk to the South African population as the virus is not transmitted from human to human but through the Aedes aegypti mosquito and or possibly from mother to the fetus in pregnant women.”
The individual, who contracted the virus in Colombia, presented with fever and a rash about four days after he arrived in the country but he is now fully recovered. Preliminary testing was made at a Johannesburg lab with confirmation pending.
“Given the frequency of travel between South Africa and a number of countries currently experiencing outbreaks of the Zika virus, it is likely that other sporadic imported cases will be seen here in travelers as has been the experience in a number of countries”, health officials note.