30 January 2016

Nigeria: Zika Virus - Govt Restricts Trips to Latin America By Pregnant Women

Abuja — IN the light of the spread of the deadly Zika virus to some countries, the Federal Government has placed restrictions on travels to Latin America until the situation improves.

The restriction particularly affects pregnant women, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole said yesterday.The virus has so far spread to 23 countries, especially in Latin America.

The Minister, who alerted Nigerians on the recent outbreak of Zika virus infection, which was first discovered in Brazil in 2014, said the virus is transmitted by a bite of mosquito vector, according to available studies, and ‎manifests as mild fever, rash (mostly maculo-papular), headaches, joint pain (arthralgia), muscle pain (myalgia), loss of weight (asthenia) and non-purulent conjunctivitis.

The virus is also associated with higher risk of congenital malformations in newborns when pregnant women are affecte. The diseases usually occur about three to 12 days after the mosquito vector bite.

Adewole said in a statement: "The World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised a global alert because the disease has affected about 23 countries in the Americas especially in Latin America. At the moment, there is no cure or vaccine for Zika virus infection."

"The Federal Ministry of Health hereby advises a travel restriction especially by pregnant women to Latin America for now until situation improves. In addition, the Honourable Minister of Health has directed Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) to include Zika virus diagnosis as part of ongoing efforts to manage Lassa fever outbreak in the country."

"He urged Nigerians to be vigilant and report promptly any case of unexplained fever that is more than 48 hours, especially in those with recent travels to Latin America, to health care professionals."

"He also enjoined those working at various ports of entry into the country to interview anyone coming from any of the Latin American countries for evidence of Zika virus symptoms."

"He also announced that that there is no single case of Zika virus infection in the country and there is no need to panic."

"The Federal Ministry of Health will continue to monitor the situation and update Nigerians of any other developments."


Malabu Oil Deal - Nigeria Sues JP Morgan for U.S.$875 Million

Nigeria has filed a claim against JP Morgan Chase for more than $875 million, accusing it of negligence in transferring… Read more »

Copyright © 2016 The Guardian. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 600 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.