Health officials have confirmed a new case of Zika imported in the Canary Islands, according to a government news release earlier this week (computer translated).

The new confirmed case of Zika is in a 37-year-old woman, who is not pregnant. She was in Latin America for a month and presented with Zika symptoms upon return to the Canary Islands. This new case joins two others detected in March. The three cases are imported and have been detected in nonpregnant women from Latin America. They all meet the case definition criteria set out in the monitoring protocol “Zika Disease Virus”, which is currently active for the Canary Islands.

Canary Islands/Mysid
Canary Islands/Mysid

All three women (none of them are pregnant) who had been in Latin America in the 15 days prior to onset of symptoms. All developed a mild clinical picture, they have not required hospitalization and are in good health. Cases have been confirmed by the National Reference Laboratory Microbiology Center of Majadahonda (Madrid).

The Health Ministry reminds people that as a result of entomological surveillance that has been carried out in the Canary Islands from the Directorate General of Public Health in collaboration with the University Institute of Tropical Diseases and Public Canary Islands Health that they have not detected transmitting mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus) so there is no risk of autochthonous disease transmission.