The Federal Ministry of Health in Nigeria has directed that Nigerians, especially pregnant women, be restricted from travelling to Latin America for now until the Zika Virus outbreak situation improves.
In a statement made by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, he assured Nigerians that there had been no case of Zika reported in the country.
“There is no single case of Zika virus infection in the country and there is no need to panic.”
Adewole said further: “The World Health Organisation has raised a global alert because the disease has affected about 23 countries in 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, we have directed the NCDC to include Zika virus diagnosis as part of ongoing effort to manage Lassa fever outbreak in the country.
“Nigerians should 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. Nigerians working at various ports of entry into the country should interview anyone coming from any of the Latin American countries for evidence Zika virus symptoms.”
Zika virus is transmitted by daytime-active mosquitoes, most notably, via the bite of mosquitoes from the Aedes genus, primarily Aedes aegypti giving rise to the Zika infection with symptoms such as mild fever, headaches, joint pain, rash, muscle pain and loss of weight.The virus can also cause congenital malformations in newborns when pregnant women are affected.
There is no cure or vaccine for the virus at the moment.