A 26-year-old man from Queretaro has become Mexico’s first imported Zika virus case, according to Undersecretary for Prevention and Health Promotion, Pablo Kuri at a press conference.


The man had a recent travel history to Santa Martha, Colombia. Colombia has seen hundreds of locally acquired Zika virus since first detected in the country last month.

The patient presented with fever, body aches and headache; however, he had no rash.

Because of his travel history, the patient was also tested for dengue and chikungunya.

He is recovering favorably, health officials note.

Zika fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease caused by Zika virus (ZIKV), consisting of mild fever, rash (mostly maculo-papular), headaches, arthralgia, myalgia, asthenia, and non-purulent conjunctivitis, occurring about three to twelve days after the mosquito vector bite.

One out of four people may not develop symptoms, but in those who are affected the disease is usually mild with symptoms that can last between two and seven days. Its clinical manifestation is often similar to dengue, also a mosquito-borne illness.