In Luxembourg, experts have recorded the first case of infection with Zeke – she was a woman aged 65, recently visited Mexico.
According to the Ministry of Health of the country, the patient feels good – the doctors did not see the need for urgent hospitalization.
Zika virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes and characterized by mild fever. However, a particular threat the virus poses to pregnant women as threatening severe fetal brain lesions. Zika is a virus spread mostly by mosquitoes. For most people it is a mild infection with few or no symptoms. But it has been linked to health problems in some people, and it is a serious concern for pregnant women and their partners because it can cause serious birth defects. Zika virus can be passed from one person to another through sexual contact or blood. Zika is not spread from person to person by casual contact.
There have been several outbreaks of Zika virus in Central and South America and Puerto Rico. In the U.S., no mosquitoes have yet been found carrying the virus. The only cases in the U.S. are in people who got the virus while traveling to Zika-affected areas, or through sexual transmission from someone who had traveled there. Public health officials are working hard to learn more about Zika. In the meantime, they are strongly encouraging people to avoid mosquito bites and to control mosquito populations to help make sure Zika doesn’t become widespread in the U.S.