Cuba Ministry of Health Confirms Second Imported Zika Case

Cuban News Agency

The first imported Zika case was reported on March 1, related to a 28-year old Venezuelan doctor who arrived in the island on February 21

The Cuban Health Ministry announced the detection of a second imported Zika case.

The sick person is a 51-year-old Cuban nurse who was working in the Venezuelan state of Tachira. The nurse, a resident of the  Manzanillo city, in  eastern Granma province, arrived in the country on February 23.

Upon her arrival on the island, the nurse showed body rash, a painful and swollen hand, so she was hospitalized at the local Celia Sanchez Mandulay medical center and taken samples, which were sent to Havana’s Tropical Medicine Institute, the Ministry explains in a news release.

All epidemiological control and vector-related measures were taken for these cases, the Ministry noted.

On March 2, the lab at the Tropical Medicine Institute informed that the test was positive for Zika. The nurse is not showing any symptoms at this moment and is in good spirit, the
Ministry explained.

Cuba reported a first imported Zika case on March 1, related to a 28-year old Venezuelan doctor who arrived on the island on February 21.​

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