SA Zika virus case: 'There's no need for panic'
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says theres is no imminent threat of a Zika virus outbreak in SA.
JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says its not necessary to isolate a businessman whopresented South Africas first case of the Zika virus, as the disease isnt spread by human contact.
The Colombian man was confirmed to have contracted the virusa few days after his arrival in South Africa.
The Health Departmentsays his blood samples have been delivered to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) for further testing.
Motsoaledi says there is no need for the public to panic as there is no imminent threat of an outbreak.
For that Columbian businessman to spread Zika in South Africa, he would have been bitten by a mosquito called Aedes aegypti and then that mosquito would bite another South African and it would start spreading. Now at the present moment in South Africa, we dont have that species.
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The department's spokesperson Joe Maila says the patient presented himself with a rash and a fever after arriving in the country, but has since recovered.
The person is fully recovered. All were doing is to make sure that indeed we check whether it was the Zika virus, because thats what the NICD must conserve with the laboratory that has done the test.
The mosquito-borne virus has caused much concern with an increasing number of infections being reported in Brazil and in other parts of the Americas.
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