More clarity on SA's 1st Zika virus case expected next week
While authorities strongly believe a Colombian businessman had the virus confirmatory tests must be done.
JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says while a Colombian businessman visiting South Africa is believed to have presented the country's first case of the Zika virus, full confirmation will be received early next week.
The man was diagnosed by a private pathology laboratory after he presented himself to doctors with a rash and fever.
Motsoaledi says his blood samples have been delivered to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), for further testing.
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The patient, who is believed to have contracted the virus before entering South Africa, has fully recovered.
Motsoaledi says while authorities strongly believe the man had the virus confirmatory tests must still be done.
"As you know, our institution, the NCID, has to do this confirmatory tests. They'll do it over the weekend and immediately after the weekend, we'll hear."
The Zika virus is the cause of much concern, with an increasing number of infections being reported in Brazil and in other parts of the Americas.
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Meanwhile, the department says the first case of the Zika virus in South Africa poses no risk to residents as the virus is not transmitted from human to human, but through a mosquito and or possibly from mother to the foetus in pregnant women.