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First Confirmed Case Of The Zika Virus In Puerto Rico

By on December 31, 2015

SAN JUAN – Department of Health Secretary Ana Rius Rivera confirmed Thursday the first case of a Zika virus infection in Puerto Rico.

“The patient is a resident of the eastern part of Puerto Rico and there is no evidence of him having travelled abroad recently. So, the infection was acquired locally. The Health Department initiated an epidemiologic investigation to determine the source of exposure for the victim and to identify any other cases. The virus is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti, the same mosquito that transmits dengue fever and chikungunya viruses. This is why we want to advise the people on the symptoms and means of prevention,” said Rius Rivera. 
The Secretary explained the initial symptoms are mild fever, pain in the articulations and muscles, lethargy, diarrhea and anorexia.
State epidemologist Brenda Rivera García said one out of every four persons infected will be completely asymptomatic. The clinical profile of the Zika infection is similar to that of dengue and chikungunya. Nevertheless, in those that do develop any symptoms, it tends to be a mild disease. The symptom that differentiates the Zika virus from chikungunya and dengue is a non purulent conjunctivitis. Other symptoms that could be suffered are: mild fever, headache, skin rash, muscle pain and pain in the articulations (mainly hands and feet).

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