Following reports of Zika virus in both Bonaire and Curacao, health officials in Aruba are now reporting the presence of the rapidly spreading mosquito borne virus, according to the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, or RIVM in the Netherlands (computer translated).


The Zika cases include three residents of Aruba and one Dutch traveler. The RIVM said that 24 people from the Netherlands have contracted Zika, all travel related.

For travelers to Aruba, it is advise to take the appropriate measures to prevent mosquito bites during the daytime and early evening. Pregnant women and women planning to become pregnant are advised as a precaution to consult with their physician about traveling to a Zika-affected area and to consider postponing trips that are not necessary.

Earlier this week, the World Health Organization launched a global Strategic Response Framework and Joint Operations Plan to guide the international response to the spread of Zika virus infection and the neonatal malformations and neurological conditions associated with it.

The strategy focuses on mobilizing and coordinating partners, experts and resources to help countries enhance surveillance of the Zika virus and disorders that could be linked to it, improve vector control, effectively communicate risks, guidance and protection measures, provide medical care to those affected and fast-track research and development of vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics.