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.

Read also:First Slovak suspected of having Zika virus Read more 

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.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

News digest: Minister adjusts vaccine expectations, mass testing decision still in the balance

Police investigate reported surveillance of journalist. Wolf will be protected all year long.

Mass testing for the coronavirus in the Nitra Synagogue.

Roundup: Fairytale app that makes children read

An award-winning design by a Slovak architect and a trip to Zádielska dolina valley. Here’s your latest roundup.

A man wearing a face covering sits in an armchair on the snow-covered Main Street in Košice on January 13, 2021.

More tips for outings in Bratislava during the lockdown

Walks along the Danube bank offer a feeling of being far from the city rush.

This place, part of Ovsištské Lúky (Ovsište Meadows) in Petržalka, is still Bratislava.