Motsoaledi: There’s no immediate threat of a Zika outbreak
The Health Department on Friday confirmed its first confirmed Zika virus case.
JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has reminded members of the public that there's no immediate threat of a Zika outbreak despite the country recording its first confirmed case.
On Friday the Health Department announced that a Colombian businessman visiting the country was found to have the virus, which he is believed to have contracted before entering the country.
Motsoaledi says this isn't cause for panic as the mosquito subspecies known to transmit the virus isn't found in South Africa.
He says the Colombian national has fully recovered and isn't being kept in isolation.
The minister says, even if the man was still ill, he wouldn't be able to infect others.
"Zika is not transmitted from human to human, so we don't isolate people. It's not like Ebola."
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He says the lives of business people who were around the patient during his stay in South Africa, were not at any risk.
"The people he was with in the business meeting are not in any danger because he can't transmit it to them via human to human contact."
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Government says it's implemented strategies to ensure the Aedes aegypti mosquito isn't brought in through the country's ports of entry.