Angola records first two cases of Zika

Angola’s department of hygiene says a French tourist left Angola after being diagnosed with Zika two months ago.

FILE: A lab worker holds a vial containing mosquitoes of the kind Aedes aegypti, which can carry Zika virus, at the IAEA Laboratories in Seibersdorf near Traiskirchen south of Vienna, Austria. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG – Angolan health officials say they have recorded the country’s first two cases of Zika in a French tourist and a resident in the capital of Luanda.

In November, the World Health Organisation announced the virus no longer posed a global public health emergency after the outbreak in 2015.

Angola’s Department of Hygiene says the French tourist left Angola after being diagnosed with Zika two months ago.

The Angolan patient was diagnosed last week.

At least 1.5 million people have been infected with Zika, mainly in Brazil, and more than 1,600 babies have been born with microcephaly.