Three people died from complications associated with the Zika virus in Venezuela, according to President Nicolas Maduro Thursday evening in an official report (computer translated).


Without disclosing specifics about the deaths, Maduro added that, in Venezuela, there are 5,221 suspected cases of Zika from early November through Feb. 8.

319 confirmed cases have been reported with 68 classified as complicated and being treated in intensive case. Maduro went on to thank several countries for their contributions of medicine to include India, Cuba, China, Iran and Brazil.

In addition, Minister of Health, Luisana Melo reported on 255 cases of the neurological disease, Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS).

Local doctors warned that the acute shortage of medicine and water – forcing people to store it – threatens to worsen the outbreak of the virus in Venezuela with the proliferation of the mosquito, Aedes aegypti.