First Slovak Zika virus case confirmed

THE HEALTH Ministry confirmed that a woman hospitalised in late February in Prešov hospital has been infected with Zika virus.

(Source: AP/SITA)

The woman was accepted to the hospital after she had returned from South America, but was released on February 26. The infection has been confirmed by the laboratory in Hamburg, Germany, the TASR newswire reported.

“She does not have to be isolated,” Health Minister Viliam Čislák told the press on March 2, as quoted by TASR, adding that she does not threaten anybody. The yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) which spread the illness is not widespread in Europe.

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The woman cannot become pregnant or donate blood, and she needs to be careful also in her private life. The reason is that the virus can be transmitted via the placenta from mother to child, there have also been confirmed cases of transmission via sexual intercourse, and also, as already mentioned, by blood transfusion.

 Symptoms of the Zika virus include higher temperature, joint pain and other flu-like symptoms. They usually last for two-seven days, while the incubation period is three-twelve days. The treatment includes taking ordinary medication against pain and fever, and patients should consume enough water, as reported by TASR.

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