South Africa has reported the first case of mosquito-born virus Zika in a Colombian man, according to South Africa’s health minister Aaron Motsoaledi.
He said that the businessman caught the infection during his visit to Johannesburg. The man showed symptoms of fever and rash four days after he visited South Africa.
The man has fully recovered.
“The confirmation of this particular case poses no risk to the South African population as the virus is not transmitted from human to human but through the Aedes aegypti mosquito and or possibly from mother to the foetus in pregnant women,” Motsoaledi said in a report by The Times of India.
Spokesperson to Motsoaledi, Joe Maila said: “The Aedes mosquito that transmit the Zika virus in South America also transmit dengue fever and yellow fever, but these viruses are not found in South Africa, indicating that the local Aedes mosquito does not contribute to the spread of the Zika virus,”
Earlier this month, World Health Organisation(WHO) declared an international health emergency. It warned about the possible link of Zika infection with microcephaly which causes birth anomalies in newborn babies.
The virus is also suspected to have links with Guillain-Barre syndrome, which causes weak nervous system, gradual weakness in the entire body and sometimes leads to complete paralysis, according to The Guardian.
The virus is believed to have originated from Africa. By 2007, there had been around 20 human cases of virus.
In May 2015, the first case was reported in Brazil and then the virus took over other South American nations.
Brazil is the worst affected American nation. It has reported more than 5000 cases of microcephaly since October,2015. And more than 500 have been confirmed to be linked with Zika.
Colombian health authorities have reported more than 5000 cases of women, having links with the Zika virus.
It has spread across more than 14 South and Central American countries, including Barbados and Mexico.
Health authorities have advised women to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and traveling to affected countries.